<< HEARTFIELD CHRONOLOGY - ALL YEARS1921 1923 1927

“He [Heartfield] now had to employ his increasingly cunning desing skills to make the ‘wallflower that nobody took notice of, the dust jacket, [as Lilly Becher, onetime editor of the Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung, later put it], perform two potentially conflicting tasks. It should operate as an alluring wrapper that would attract buyers and, at best, earn the volume a spot in the bookseller’s show window, the publishing world’s most important stage. It should also function as a political poster, impressing didactic points on sympathetic and unsympathetic customers alike, even those who never glimpsed the book’s contents. On his success rested the press’s very identity and survival.” 

Erwin Piscator Theatre Features Heartfield Stage Sets Designs For German Theatre, 1927

Beginning in 1927, Heartfield becomes a set designer for the Erwin Piscator theatre, Theater am Nollendorfplatz.

He exhibits his first contemporary photomontage, “After Ten Years – Fathers and Sons,” in the window of the Malik book shop in Berlin. The montage is Heartfield’s response to the tenth anniversary of World War I.

With George Grosz, Rudolf Schlicter, and Erwin Piscator, Heartfield founds the Rote Grüppe (Red Group) in Berlin.

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Erwin Piscator

German Playwright
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John Heartfield designed stage sets for Piscator in Theater am Nollendorfplatz (Theater at Nollendorfplatz).
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George Grosz

German Dada Artist
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Contemporary, colleague, and lifetime friend of John Heartfield. See [HIS LIFE->His Life In Quotes->George Grosz] for more on George Grosz.
Erwin Piscator, John Heartfield's Theater Colleague

Erwin Piscator

George Grosz, Heartfield's Contemporary and Colleague

George Grosz

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