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Chronology of John Heartfield's Life and Work


German Dada Artist John Heartfield Life and Work

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

This chronology is a basic introduction to my grandfather’s life and work.
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1993 -> The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York stages a major Heartfield Exhibition.

1968 -> John Heartfield dies in East Berlin after a severe illness.

1966-1967-> John Heartfield Exhibitions throughout Europe.

1964-1965-> The name “John Heartfield” is legalized.

1962 -> In 1962, Wieland Herzfelde publishes a comprehensive Heartfield monograph.

1960-1961 -> John Heartfield is awarded the title of professor and given honors.

1958-1959 -> Participates in exhibitions in the East Germany and Switzerland.

1957 -> The first comprehensive John Heartfield Exhibition in East Germany.

1956 -> East German discrimination against Heartfield is halfheartedly revoked following Stalin's regime.

1953-1954 -> Stefan Heym and Bertolt Brecht call for Heartfield’s recognition.

1952 -> Heartfield marries Gertrud Fietz. Gertrud was always "Tutti" to family and friends.

1951 -> Heartfield is suspected of “treason” by the East German Government.

1950 -> Returns to Leipzig with Gertrud Fietz [Heartfield] on August 31, 1950.

1949 -> Brecht intercedes for Heartfield's return to East Germany as Johnny has limited options.

1947-1948 -> Living in London, Heartfield is offered a professorship, Humboldt University, East Berlin.

1946 -> Heartfield Exhibition in Amsterdam “[Signs of Storm] Warnings of War and Fascism.”

1945 -> Konrad Farner publishes John Heartfield, Photomontages in Contemporary History, Zürich, 1945.

1942 -> A display of Heartfield’s work is organized by the German League of Free Culture.

1941 -> A League of Culture Exhibition of Heartfield’s Book Jackets and Montages on his 50th Birthday.

1940 -> Heartfield is interned as a enemy alien in England.

1939 -> Becomes involved in Free German League of Culture and the Artists’s International Association.

1938 -> Flees to England before the imminent occupation of Czechoslovakia by Fascist Germany.

1936-1937 -> John Heartfield exhibits work in the international photo exhibition in Prague.

1935 -> Lives in Paris, often with his son, Tom, from March to August.

1934 -> Takes part in an international caricature exhibition at the Prague art society.

1933 -> As fascism takes over Germany, Heartfield must flee for his life to Czechoslovakia.

1931-1932 -> Travels to the USSR from April 1931 - January 1932.

1930 -> Living in Berlin, Heartfield creates stunning anti-fascist photomontages for covers of the AIZ.

1929 -> The International Werkbund exhibition FILM UND FOTO, Stuttgart, 1929.

1923-1928 -> Meets and befriends iconic German Playwright Bertolt Brecht.

1921-1922 -> Designs book jackets, typography, and layouts for the Malik-Verlag Publishing House.

1920 -> Heartfield and George Grosz write an article entitled Der Kunslump

1919 -> Dismissed from UFA after calling for a strike.

1918 -> Becomes a founding member of Berlin Club Dada. His son, Tom George is born on May 13th.

1917 -> Founds the publishing house Malik-Verlag. His brother, Wieland, soon becomes a partner.

1916 -> Changes his name to "John Heartfield" as a protest against anti-British sentiment in Germany.

1915 -> A young painter, Helmut Herzfeld (John Heartfield), burns his oil paintings.

1914 -> In September, is conscripted into military service (the Kaiser-Franz-Josef Regiment).

1913 -> Moves to Berlin and studies at the Kunst-und Handwerkerschule under Ernst Neumann.

1912 -> Works as a commercial artist for the Druckerei Gebrüder Bauer, a printing company.

1908 -> Studies in Königliche-Bayerische Kunstgewerbeschule [Royal Bavarian Arts and Crafts School].

1905 -> Starts an apprenticeship in a bookstore in Wiesbaden.

1899 -> Helmut, his brother, and his sisters are abandoned in the woods.

1891 -> Helmut Herzfeld [John Heartfield] is born.

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