"A photograph can, by the addition of an unimportant spot of color, become a photomontage, a work of art..."
German Dada Engineer John Heartfield
German Dada Engineer John Heartfield

From 1914 to 1917, Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield) has experiences that will shape the remainder of his life.

At the German Front during World War One, he comes face-to-face with the horror and hypocrisy of war. He politicizes the nature of his work.

By 1916, he is so disgusted by the nationalism that destroyed so many lives, he decides to live as “John Heartfield” in a Germany that has raised nationalism and anti-British sentiment to a fever pitch.

In 1917, he founds Malik-Verlag Publishing. His brother, Wieland Herzfelde, joins him as a partner. Wieland is an essential element in the ability of Heartfield to function as a artist.

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1914: Protests War And Nationalism
1915: Destroys All Early Work
1916: Herzfeld Becomes Heartfield
1917: Malik-Verlag Publishing

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John Heartfield’s grandson, John J Heartfield, is the curator of the Official John Heartfield Exhibition and Archive.

Curated By Heartfield's Grandson, John J Heartfield