<< HEARTFIELD CHRONOLOGY - ALL YEARS1916 1917 1918 1919 1920

“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, Otto Dix, Johannes Baader, Kurt Schwitters, and John Heartfield, participate.

Prussian Archangel

The “Prussian Archangel,” a sculpture by John Heartfield and Rudolf Schlichter, depicts a pig clad in a German military uniform. It shows a pig wrapped in a German army uniform. The German high command is not amused.

Museum Art As A Distraction

In 1920, John Heartfield and George Grosz wrote Der Kunstlump (Art Rogue), an article that started heated discussions regarding the significance of proletariat art. Grosz feels art in museums exists only to glorify and maintain the existence of the bourgeois class and deflect attention from the war.

Bertolt Brecht, Erwin Piscator, David Berg, et al.

John Heartfield begins a lifelong career as a theatre stage-set and costume designer. He creates stage sets for Piscator’s Proletarisches Theater (Proletarian Theatre).


John Heartfield’s daughter, Eva, is born.

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

Heartfield's Prussian Archangel

John Heartfield and Rudolf Schlicter 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 First International Dada Fair in 1920 was also the last. Few tickets were sold and only one piece was bought.

Heartfield Schlicter Prussian Archangel Dada Sculpture

A Reproduction of the gallery including the sculpture Prussian Archangel

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

The Art Revolutionaries of Berlin Club Dada

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