John Heartfield, Fotomonteur, 1979
Helmut Herbst, the director and screenwriter, was kind enough to allow the curator to present the first five minutes of Part 1 on YouTube. The curator especially enjoys the interesting narration and Mr. Herbst use of political and dada video montage. It is not widely known that, as a young man, John Heartfield worked in film and was fascinated by film editing.
John Heartfield, Kunstler des Volkes, 1959
Heartfield’s 240 photomontages for Germany’s AIZ magazine covers from 1930-1938 were a cinematic indictment of the rise of the Third Reich. Heartfield’s use of “art as a weapon” while living in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin made him number-five on the Gestapo’s most wanted list.
The exhibition features documentaries on Dada anti-fascist activist artist John Heartfield. Heartfield was much more than the founder of photo montage. an art form he used as a political weapon against Adolf Hitler and his allies. He was also one of the most important graphic designers of the twentieth century.
Heartfield constantly risked his life to expose the insanity of Hitler’s Third Reich. His anti-fascist anti-Nazi art made him number five on Hitler’s most-wanted life. He continued to produce stunning art against fascism and bigotry as he ran for his life throughout World War II.
All media in the VIDEO section of the Exhibition can be quickly accessed at: