<< HEARTFIELD CHRONOLOGY - ALL YEARS1993 2011 2013 2016

“It is better to be high-spirited
even though one makes more mistakes,
than to be narrow-minded and
all too prudent.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

Reveal Art Heartfield Exhibition. Collage Art Graphic Design As A Weapon Against Fascism & War

Shortly after his return from his visit to the Heartfield Archiv (Heartfield Archive) in Berlin, attorneys acting for John J Heartfield and his sister, Catherine Jacobson, challenge the assertion that the Akademie der Künste controls the copyrights to John Heartfield’s work.

In a letter dated May 1, 1993, the Akademie der Künste finally admits that copyright approval for John Heartfield’s work should have always been the right and responsibility of the Heartfield Community of Heirs.

This concession comes to late for the two major books John Heartfield (one German edition, one English edition) released in conjunction with a world tour of John Heartfield’s original art. The tour concludes with a critically acclaimed exhibition that took up the entire second floor of New York’s Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA). The exhibition is packed every day. It is universally acclaimed by critics in newspaper such as The New Times. Incredibly, John J Heartfield was told by MOMA that the exhibition was almost cancelled. MOMA was furious about demands made by the Akademie Der Künste regarding the display of the art.Beginning in 1993, John J Heartfield employs every means possible to persuade the Akademie Der Künste to help increase his grandfather’s recognition and renown. One suggestion was a temporary loan of Heartfield’s art to museums such as the Getty Museum, The Holocaust Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many world-class museums and institutions told Heartfield’s grandson of their desire to display John Heartfield’s original art.

The Akademie Der Künste categorically refuses all such requests. Their reason is that the originals in the Heartfield Archive can only be properly preserved inside the archive. Also, they claim that Heartfield’s real art is reproductions of his originals, not the original art. No major museum in the world is interested in displaying reproductions of original art. The curator believes the Heartfield Archive has good intentions. However, those in control hold the belief that John Heartfield’s art is a collection of treasured relics of another era, rather than a highly relevant warning of out-of-control nationalism leading to fascism and war. John Heartfield risked his life to get the messages in his art to as wide an audience as possible. The curator knows his grandfather would tear down the doors of any institution that kept them hidden.Explore the years from 1993 to the present. Learn how the The Official John Heartfield Exhibition began. Discover the exciting events that occurred in 2016. Find out what the exhibition is planning for 2017, perhaps the most crucial political year in history.

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John Heartfield’s grandson, Professor John J Heartfield, offers an Art & Politics, Politics & Art presentation to audiences in all types of venues. He was a featured presenter at 2016 DADA WORLD FAIR (The Collage Museum, San Francisco). Please write to him for more information.

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Curated By Heartfield's Grandson, John J Heartfield