2016 changed America and the world. Countless words were written and spoken about America’s presidential election. Again and again we heard “facts” proving that Donald Trump was unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States. He was a temperamental bully. Video proved Trump lied about what he believed from week to week. Polls convinced America and the world Trump had no chance to become the person who each day makes life and death decisions affecting everyone on earth. A person whose words can literally topple an economy or begin a war. Yet Trump admitted he cares so little about words he doesn’t read.
What difference did all those words make?
The “alternative facts” won out. Hillary betrayed America with an email server that contained absolutely nothing that might have harmed America. Just in the same way the opposition party that might have stopped Adolf Hitler burned the Reichstag (The German Parliament) and lost the election to Hitler’s Nazi Party. Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.
There has never been a more crucial time in America to celebrate and build upon John Heartfield’s “Art As A Weapon” against “alternative facts” (a great synonym for ignorance).
When global warming science is just another collection of “alternative facts”, powerful art must combat the destruction of our planet by those who think only in terms of this year’s oil profits.
2016 was an incredible year for John Heartfield, Dada, and political art. Heartfield is now receiving the attention his work and his life story merits. Contemporary artists and admirers are celebrating Heartfield use of “art as a weapon” to combat the alternative fact that ignorance, greed, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and out-of-control nationalism is the way to make America great. Reveal Art reveals real facts.
A Powerful Art Museum – Contemporary Artists Inspired By John Heartfield
There’s an exciting exhibit in The John Heartfield Powerful Art Museum. Reveal Art is art as a weapon against “alternative facts.” A weapon against complacency. A weapon that contemporary activist artists are using to provide visual jolts to reveal the truth behind the ugly propaganda unleashed in the 2016 United States presidential election. It’s time to tear away the bandages.
John Heartfield Featured In Collage Museum
DADA WORLD FAIR, Sponsored By City Lights Bookstore
From the DADA WORLD FAIR website: “John Heartfield was an artistic innovator who developed the modern art form of political montage. His influence on the realm of the 20th century Avante-garde has been extensive. He spearheaded vehement attacks on the Nazi party earning him status as a public enemy in the eyes of Hitler. Though Heartfield’s work reached millions and he played a central role in Berlin Dada, his place in 20th century art has gone underappreciated. We will explore his life and work with a special emphasis on his techniques and the politics he embraced – fighting the advent of totalitarianism in the 20th century.”
“An exhibit of local collage art inspired by Dada featuring the work of Scott Davis III, David King, John Hundt, Poly Morphous, and Winston Smith. Followed by a presentation of the life, work, and influence of John Heartfield by his grandson John Heartfield. Followed by an interview with Winston Smith and David King.”
John Heartfield Photo Montage “Deutsche Eichlen” Is Permanently Installed
In Front Of Nazi War Memorial In Austria
In April, 2016, Austrian artist Martin Krenn collaborated with historian Robert Streibel, and artist-historian Gregor Kremser to place a transparent 2987 cm x 4280 cm (approximately 98 ft. x 140 ft.) metal and fabric version of John Heartfield’s powerful political photomontage Deutsche Eicheln directly in front of the Wehrmacht “Friedenskreuz (Peace Cross).” Five students from secondary schools were inspired to contribute anti-fascist montages (42.0 cm x 59.4 cm on plates) to the memorial. These works by inspired young artist surround the John Heartfield Deutsche Eicheln political photo montage installation. Their new collages stand as a powerful rebuke against those who would seek to poison the minds of youth with bigotry and hatred.
John Heartfield Gallery, Tate Modern London:
A German artist’s hard-hitting art exposes right-wing fanaticism
In 2017, it took only a week for the The Heartfield Exhibition curator and Tate Modern London to come to an agreement so that Tate Modern could display the pieces in the Tate Modern John Heartfield Gallery on their website. If you’re in London, a visit to the John Heartfield Gallery in the Tate Modern London cannot be missed. Admission is free.
John Heartfield’s Grandson Goes To Berlin
A Meeting With The New Director Of The Heartfield Archiv, Akademie Der Künste, Nov. 2016
In November, 2016, Professor John J Heartfield accepts an invitation to come to Berlin to meet with the new director of archives, Werner Heegevaldt. The agenda is a discussion of the current work of the Heartfield Archiv, Akademie der Künste. Meetings take place. However, John J Heartfield is still awaiting documents the new Berlin archive director believes are a requirement for any agreement between John Heartfield’s grandson and the Heartfield Archiv, Akademie der Künste, Berlin. John J Heartfield remains hopeful that the Heartfield Archiv will understand that the physical Heartfield Archiv in Berlin, the repository of the largest collection of surviving original John Heartfield art and the online Heartfield Exhibition can cooperate on what should be a common goal – to bring powerful artistic legacy of John Heartfield to a wider audience. Look for updates in the HIDDEN GENIUS section of The Official John Heartfield Exhibition & Archive.