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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 (Erste Internationale Dada-Messe), Berlin Club Dada, 1920

The First International Dada Fair (Erste Internationale Dada-Messe) takes place at the gallery of Dr. Otto Burchard in 1920. It’s the first and also the last International 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.

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Heartfield's Prussian Archangel

Heartfield-Schlichter mont
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Hanging on the ceiling of the First International Dada Fair is "Heartfield-Schlichter mont" (Prussian Archangel). Photo: Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz.
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1920 Dada Fair

First International Dada Fair, Berlin
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First day of the First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920. From left to right: Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoch, Otto Burchard, Johannes Baader, Wieland and Margarete Herzfelde, Otto Schmalhausen, George Grosz, and John Heartfield.


John Heartfield's Prussian Archangel at Dada Fair, 1920

Heartfield's Prussian Archangel

International Dada Fair 1920 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. Professor Heartfield presented Art & Politics, Politics & Art at the DADA WORLD FAIR in San Francisco. Please write to him about his live presentation regarding the relevance of his grandfather’s life and work to current events.

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