Tate Modern London: John Heartfield Gallery
The John Heartfield Gallery currently exhibits a selection of John Heartfield’s political photomontages from the 1930s, drawn mainly from the collection of British artist David King. These extraordinary works of collage and graphic design cover a period from 1930 to 1938 when John Heartfield executed an astonishing 240 politically charged anti-fascist images for AIZ magazine covers against The Third Reich. Sadly, David King passed away in 2016. The Tate Modern London was the beneficiary of many fine pieces from the David King Collection.Admission to the Tate Modern London is free.
Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933, Neue Galerie, New York. From Oct. 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016, the Neue Galerie presented a vision of artistic explosion that occurred in Berlin during the same era The National Socialist Party of Adolf Hitler was on its rise to power. “Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933” presented a thrilling evocative look at the art many artists such as John Heartfield, George Grosz, and Hannah Höch. The show was a multimedia mix that made the streets and studio of Berlin come alive.
John Heartfield Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, Entire Brochure. In 1993, the entire second floor of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) was dedicated to an exhibition that included many John Heartfield maquettes, the originals of his photomontages from which the AIZ magazine covers were produced.
John Heartfield Exhibition, Kent Fine Art, New York, New York Times Review. In 1991, Kent Fine Art, New York, presented a show that the New York Times described as “esthetic and as harrowing as it is beautiful.” Robert Smith wrote John Heartfield was a German artist whose “unusual talent fused political awareness and visual imagination.”
John Heartfield Dada Exhibitions & Exhibitions Of His Anti-Fascist Imagery
Unfortunately, major exhibitions of John Heartfield’s original art have been few and far between. This is not because of major museums and galleries all over the world don’t wish to show Heartfield’s art. That desire has remained constant over the years and continues to this day. To some extent, the lack of major Heartfield exhibitions can be attributed to fact that a significant portion of his political art did not survive the war. In addition, the vast majority of John Heartfield’s original art has been stored in the Heartfield Archiv, Akademie Der Künste. This archive has not express any desire to share it’s huge volume of Heartfield’s original pieces of art with the public.
This is one reason the question has been asked again and again, “What happened to John Heartfield?” The artist who has been widely recognized as the greatest political artist and designer of the 20th century.
John Heartfield’s artistic legacy is not a possession to be treasured. Much of its real value lies in its warnings regarding the dangers of the rise of fascism. These warnings are as relevant today as they were in the Weimar Republic in 1930.
The John Heartfield Exhibition’s format is designed to allow for modifications and additions. If you’ve attended an exhibition of John Heartfield’s art, please Write To The Exhibition’s Curator with your experience.