John Heartfield Political Dada Video

Political Dada Video


John Heartfield, Fotomonteur, 1979

CONTENT: John Heartfield, Fotomonteur (Photomontage Artist) is an entertaining documentary on the life and art of John Heartfield: German Dada artist, photomontage pioneer, groundbreaking graphic designer, and influential theatre production designer.

Helmut Herbst, the director and screenwriter, was kind enough to allow the curator to present the first five minutes of Part 1 on YouTube. The curator especially enjoys the interesting narration and Mr. Herbst use of political and dada video montage. It is not widely known that, as a young man, John Heartfield worked in film and was fascinated by film editing.

John Heartfield, Kunstler des Volkes, 1959

CONTENT: The 1959 documentary Künstler des Volkes features John Heartfield, German Dada artist, photomontage pioneer, groundbreaking graphic designer, and influential theatre production designer.

Heartfield’s 240 photomontages for Germany’s AIZ magazine covers from 1930-1938 were a cinematic indictment of the rise of the Third Reich. Heartfield’s use of “art as a weapon” while living in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin made him number-five on the Gestapo’s most wanted list.

John Heartfield Documentaries

The exhibition features Dada anti-fascist artist John Heartfield documentaries. Heartfield was much more than the founder of photomontage. He was one of the most influential groundbreaking graphic designers of the twentieth century.

Heartfield constantly risked his life to expose the insanity of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. His anti-fascist anti-Nazi art made him number five on Hitler’s most-wanted life. He continued to produce stunning art against fascism and bigotry as he ran for his life throughout World War II.

All media in the VIDEO section of the Exhibition can be quickly accessed at:

John Heartfield Exhibition Video On YouTube