In 2012, London’s Tate Modern art gallery hosted a temporary exhibition of John Heartfield’s political photomontages from the 1930s, drawn mainly from the collection of British photojournalist David King.
These works of art cover the period from 1930 to 1938 when the artist contributed 237 politically charged photomontages against The Third Reich and fascism to AIZ covers.
The Tate Modern London will eventually be the beneficiary of many fine pieces from the David King Collection.
In 1991, Kent Fine Art presented an art exhibition that was “as educational as it is esthetic and as harrowing as it is beautiful.”
The meticulous documented show of John Heartfield's anti-Fascist photomontages from the 1930's, now on view at Kent Fine Art provided unforgettable glimpse of the rise of the Nazi party as seen by one of its most courageous opponents
Heartfield was “a German artist whose talent fused political awareness and visual imagination.”
Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933, Neue Galerie, New York. From Oct. 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016, the Neue Galerie presented a vision of artistic explosion that occurred in Berlin during the same era The National Socialist Party of Adolf Hitler was on its rise to power. “Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933” presented a thrilling evocative look at the art many artists such as John Heartfield, George Grosz, and Hannah Höch. The show was a multimedia mix that made the streets and studio of Berlin come alive.
John Heartfield Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, Entire Brochure. In 1993, the entire second floor of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) was dedicated to an exhibition that included many John Heartfield maquettes, the originals of his photomontages from which the AIZ magazine covers were produced.
John Heartfield Exhibition, Kent Fine Art, New York, New York Times Review. In 1991, Kent Fine Art, New York, presented a show that the New York Times described as “esthetic and as harrowing as it is beautiful.” Robert Smith wrote John Heartfield was a German artist whose “unusual talent fused political awareness and visual imagination.”
Heartfield Dada Art & Political Art Exhibitions
Unfortunately, major exhibitions of John Heartfield’s original art are and have been few and far between. This is not because of major museums and galleries all over the world don’t wish to show Heartfield’s art. That desire has remained constant over the years and continues to this day.
To some extent, the lack of major Heartfield exhibitions can be attributed to fact that a significant portion of his political art did not survive the war. In addition, the vast majority of John Heartfield’s original art has been stored in the Heartfield Archiv, Akademie Der Künste. This archive has never committed to sharing what remains of John Heartfield’s artistic legacy with world, even though a huge volume of it is conserved in the archive.
This is one reason the question has been asked again and again, “What happened to John Heartfield?” The artist who has been widely recognized as the greatest political artist and designer of the 20th century.
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