From John Heartfield to Bob Dylan to John Lennon to Beyoncé, artists have exposed villains, emboldened resistance, and forced conversations.
The German antifascist artist John Heartfield was a pacifist. He rose to number-five on the Gestapo’s Most Wanted List, working inside and in the shadow of the Third Reich. His only crime was his “art as a weapon” that used integrity and humor to reveal the fascist lies of dictators. Learn his fascinating life story.
The John Heartfield Exhibition promotes modern artists influenced by the master of political collage. more…
FAMOUS POLITICAL ART
THE JOHN HEARTFIELD EXHIBITION
FEATURES MODERN POLITICAL ARTISTS
“The bigger the lie the better because it is easier to make people believe a big lie than a small one.”
Fascism is not a form of government. It is a collection of tactics to convince voters to surrender their freedom by handing total power to a dictator. Disaster follows if fascist tactics succeed.
“There is a strong family resemblance about misdeeds, and if you have all the details of a thousand at your finger ends, it is odd if you can’t unravel the thousand and first.”
Sherlock Holmes, A Study In Scarlet
Facts are facts. Those who spout ‘alternate facts’ try to convince people that something terrible for them is actually very good for them. Images in The Heartfield Exhibition inspire voters and reveal the tactics used by fascist and authoritarian regimes.
An endless rain of words can’t seem to keep up with the latest outrage. Every day, politicians try to pivot away from their ugly words and actions. But powerful political art never pivots. A striking image remains in your mind like a great song. These lingering images inspire voters to make choices that racism, xenophobia, climate change denial, and drumbeats for senseless wars.
It’s essential to understand the life and work of John Heartfield. A lifelong pacifist, Heartfield knew violence is never the answer. Instead, he used humor and juxtapositions to reveal the true motives of those who traffic in hatred and division. His art continues to unmask their propaganda, influence modern artists, and inspire voters. Many high-profile artists have joined the exhibition. The images in this exhibition, past and present, remind us that fascist tactics always end in a horror show.
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