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“How fortunate for governments 
that the people they administer 
don’t think.” 
Adolf Hitler 
Adolf Hitler 

Mocking Adolf Hitler. Heartfield Travels West To Teach Collage Art For Use As A Weapon Against Demagogues. World War II, 1931 to 1932

Mocking Adolf Hitler has become John Heartfield’s obsession. He wants to share his ability to create powerful anti-fascist art.

From April 1931 – January 1932, John Heartfield makes a professional trip to the USSR. He gives lectures as he travels to Baku, Batumi, and Odessa on behalf of the newspaper USSR in Construction.

In Moscow, Heartfield exhibits approximately three hundred of his works. He becomes acquainted with Aleksandr Rodchenko.

He forms a close friendship with Sergei Tretyakov. Tretyakov will later write one of the first critical analyses of Heartfield’s work. Communist politics, as in so many other countries, moves towards fascism when Josef Stalin takes power. Tretyakov is arrested for treason in the Stalin purges. Before his execution, he commits suicide by throwing himself down a flight of stairs.

Heartfield returns to Berlin knowing he is risking his life. He brazenly continues to produce montages mocking Adolf Hitler, his supporters, and the entire National Socialist (Nazi) Party.

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Art Revolution

Art of the West
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John Heartfield's "Revolutionary Art of the West" for the Museum for New Western Art (Pushkin Museum), Moscow, 1932.
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Monteur Seminar

Moscow Students
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John Heartfield teaches photomontage in Moscow, 1931-1932.
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Heartfield Seminar

Montage Students
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Students at a Heartfield Montage Seminar in Moscow, 1931-1932.
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Tretyakov And Heartfield

Friend Sergei Treyakov
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Sergei Tretyakov (author of the first monograph on John Heartfield) and John Heartfield in Moscow. Tretyakov was later a victim of the Stalin purges.
Heartfield Art in Moscow, 1931-1932

Revolutionary Art of the West for Museum for New Western Art (Pushkin Museum), Moscow 1932

Heartfield teaching in Moscow, 1931-1932

Teaching photomontage in Moscow, 1931-1932

Heartfield Moscow Seminar, 1931-1932

Heartfield Seminar in Moscow, 1931-1932

John Heartfield with Sergei Tretyakov

Sergei Tretyakov and John Heartfield

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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