CURATOR’S COMMENT

It must be made crystal clear MOMA does want to display the photomontages of John Heartfield in its galleries. I’ve had many conversations with MOMA curators and department heads precisely to that point. MOMA would be thrilled to display John Heartfield’s original art. Unfortunately, his maquettes, the original artwork from which Heartfield’s posters, magazine covers, and book jackets were mass reproduced are held inside the Heartfield Archiv, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany. The Heartfield Archiv categorically refuses consider any type of loan or display of Heartfield’s original art so that the public in mass can enjoy and appreciate it. The Akademie has even refused the curator’s request for high-resolution digital copies of Heartfield’s original art. I continue to discuss this matter with the Heartfield Archiv director. I’ll post updates on the exhibition and social media.

Curated By Heartfield's Grandson, John J Heartfield