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“I see the future development of painting
taking place in workshops…
not in any holy temple of the arts.”  
George Grosz, German Art Innovator
George Grosz, German Art Innovator

First International Dada Fair, Berlin Club Dada, 1920

The 1920 International Dada Fair (Erste Internationale Dada-Messe) takes place at the gallery of Dr. Otto Burchard. It’s the first and also the last Dada Fair. Giants of the Dada movement, including George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch, and John Heartfield, participate. Heartfield with Schlicter hang the “Prussian Angel” – a sculpture of a large pig in a German army uniform from the ceiling. The German high command is not amused.

In 1920, John Heartfield and George Grosz write Der Kunstlump (Art Rogue), an article that starts heated discussions regarding the significance of the art of the proletariat. Grosz feels the art in museum exists only to glorify and maintain the existence of the bourgeois class.

Heartfield is at the start of lifelong career as a theatre stage set designer. He produces theater stage sets for Piscator’s Proletarisches Theater (Proletarian Theatre) in Berlin.

John Heartfield’s daughter, Eva, is born.



first international dada fair John Heartfield's Prussian Archangel at Dada Fair, 1920

Heartfield's Prussian Archangel

John Heartfield dressed a pig in a Germany military uniform and hung it from the ceiling during The First International Dada Fair in 1920. It was not a huge hit with established authority. The 1920 Dada Fair was also the last Dada fair


Grosz Hausmann Piscator International Dada Fair 1920 Hannah Hoch, Otto Burchard, Johannes Baader, Wieland and Margarete Herzfelde, Otto Schmalhausen, George Grosz, John Heartfield

First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920

first international dada fair Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoch, Otto Burchard, Johannes Baader, Wieland and Margarete Herzfelde, Otto Schmalhausen, George Grosz, John Heartfield

First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920


Professor John J Heartfield is John Heartfield’s paternal grandson. He gives live interactive presentations around the world that focus on his grandfather’s life and work and modern political art. Please write to him to request his presence at your event or ask any question. He is always pleased to hear from exhibition visitors.

Dada Political Artist John Heartfield grandson, John Heartfield, Curator Official John Heartfield Exhibition