<< HEARTFIELD CHRONOLOGY – ALL YEARS1957 1958 1960 1962 1964 1968

“When we came to the GDR, and the brothers tried to continue working together on an artistic basis, it was impracticable. The years of emigration, with diverse kinds of experiences on both sides in different countries, had formed different people. […] Johnny was very unhappy and desperate about the situation, but he couldn’t change it. He had become another person. […]

And then there was Johnnies’ illness – his two heart attacks and the time spent in the hospital. […]

But then, thanks to the strenuous efforts of his friends Brecht, [Bodo] Uhse, and [Stephan] Heym, John was elected to the Academy. From then on, he had a life of his own. Things began to pick up with his exhibitions. […]”

Letter From Heartfield's wife, Gertrud (Tutti), To Heinz Schnabel, Director Of The Akademie Der Künste, East Berlin, Circa 1972.
Letter From Heartfield's wife, Gertrud (Tutti), To Heinz Schnabel, Director Of The Akademie Der Künste, East Berlin, Circa 1972.

Kunstler Volkes. John Heartfield’s Art For The People. A Weapon Against Ignorance Fascism Bigotry War, 1958 – 1959

From 1958 to 1959, John Heartfield participates in exhibitions in Switzerland and the GDR (East Germany).

A documentary film, John Heartfield, ein Künster des Volkes (John Heartfield, An Artist of the People),  DEFA, is produced.

This documentary is available on The Exhibition’s YouTube channel.
Life As A Fighter -> Video -> Documentaries On Heartfield.


Postcard From Grosz

Playful George Grosz postcard to Jonny
1958 postcard from George Grosz to John Heartfield.

Old Friends

John Heartfield and Olga Tretyakova
John Heartfield with Sergei Tretyakov's widow, Olga Tretyakova (1958). Tretyakov' was the author of the first monograph on Heartfield. Sergei was a victim of the Stalinist political purges in 1939.

Loving A Parade

John Heartfield In Berlin
1958 political photo of John Heartfield.
1958 postcard george grosz to john heartfield

Postcard from George Grosz to John Heartfield, 1958

Kunstler Volkes Heartfield and Olga Tretyakova 1958

John Heartfield and Olga Tretyakova, 1958. Her husband, Sergei Tretyakov, author of the first monograph on Heartfield, was a victim of the 1939 Stalinist political purges.

Kunstler Volkes John Heartfield 1958 Berlin political photo

John Heartfield in political photo, Berlin, 1958

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