John Heartfield (1891-1968) was a German visual artist who pioneered the use of art as a political weapon. This presentation starts with some preliminary remarks about John Heartfield’s bequest in the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and shows how it is accessible nowadayns. A short introduction of how all began follows, showing the background of the birth of Heartfield’s political photo-montages (World War I, Dada, Communist Party, Willi Münzenberg’s Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung in short AIZ), glances at Heartfield’s first exile stage in Prague and then focuses on his 12 years as an emigrant in London, asking how a German communist artist could continue working in exile in Great Britain during the war.
On December 3, 2020 at 12:00pm EST Lynette Roth, Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Head, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge (MA) will speak about “White Shadows: The Photograms of Anneliese Hager (1904-1997).” REGISTER HERE.
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