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

“Do I have to be a professor?”

German Dada Pioneer & Anti-Fascist Activist Artist John Heartfield
German Dada Pioneer & Anti-Fascist Activist Artist John Heartfield

Between 1960 and 1961, John Heartfield is awarded several honors and receives the title of “Professor.”

PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE CURATOR, THE ARTIST’S PATERNAL GRANDSON, JOHN J HEARTFIELD

I spent time with my grandfather in Liguria, Italy, in the 1950s and 1960s. These visits with my grandfather were some of the happiest memories of my childhood. He and I became very close.

Everyone on my Italian mother’s side of the family affectionately addressed my grandfather as “Professore.”

My grandfather had a natural ability to connect with everyone he met. He never “put on airs” or talked down to people who wanted to chat with him.

Below are photos from the John J Heartfield Collection. It shows my grandfather Heartfield filming on the beach in Cavi, Italy, circa 1960. The camera he’s holding is one of my treasured keepsakes of my grandfather. Whenever we were together, some type of photo or video camera was always in his hands or within reach. Some of his movies can be seen the Life As A Fighter -> Video -> John J Heartfield Collection section of The Exhibition.

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His Passion

John Heartfield filming on an Italian beach
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John Heartfield filming in Cavi, Liguria, Italy, 1960. A camera was always within reach. The camera he is holding in this photo is part of the John J Heartfield Collection. Photo: John J Heartfield Collection.
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His Family

Jonny with his American and Italian family
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L-R: Tutti Heartfield, Eva Sondermeijer,  John J Heartfield, Catherine Heartfield, John Heartfield, Lina Heartfield, Lina's niece Carla Dasso. Photo: John J Heartfield Collection.
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A Spirited Discussion

John Heartfield At His Award Ceremony
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Jonny was always ready to chat. He was a spirited speaker and an intense listener.
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Heartfield At Work

John Heartfield's office in the Akademie Der Künste
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Although he was never as profilic as he was during the anti-Nazi years, Jonny never stopped working.
Professor John Heartfield  holding an 8mm camera, Italy, 1960

John Heartfield Indulging In His Favorite Activity

Professor John Heartfield & family, 1960

Family Portrait, Italy, 1960. L-R: Gertrud Heartfield (wife), Eva Sondermeijer (daughter), 
  John J Heartfield (grandson), Catherine Heartfield (granddaughter), John Heartfield, Lina A. Heartfield (daughter-in-law), Carla Dasso (Lina's niece)

Professor John Heartfield at awards ceremony

Jonny chatting at his awards ceremony

John Heartfield's Office, circa 1960

Heartfield in office in the Akademie Der Künste

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