John Heartfield – Photography Plus Dynamite

21 March – 21 June 2020
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, tickets € 10/5

Exhibition opening on Friday, 20 March 2020, 7 pm

John Heartfield (1891–1968) was one of the most important and innovative critical artists of his time. His political photomontages became icons in the fight against National Socialism. Even today, they are of European significance and have lost none of their explosive power.

The major retrospective “John Heartfield – Photography Plus Dynamite”, on view at the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz from 21 March 2020, highlights Heartfield's use of advertising and an informed perspective to break open the context of art.

The show is based on the recent comprehensive digitalisation of John Heartfield's artistic estate, which is housed in the Academy's art collection. His artwork and archival documents, film and acoustic materials by and on Heartfield, some exhibited for the first time, demonstrate the catalytic effect and international scope of his work. During an eventful life marked by persecution and exile, Heartfield maintained close ties to a number of his contemporaries in art, literature, and theatre, including George Grosz, Bertolt Brecht, Erwin Piscator, and Hannah Höch.

The exhibition showcases the interplay of the arts – from book and stage design to photography and animation. Selected pieces from Heartfield's collection of graphic satires and East Asian artefacts reveal hitherto unknown sources of inspiration for his work.

The accompanying programme focuses on John Heartfield's contemporary significance. A catalogue will be published by Hirmer Verlag. The exhibition will travel to London and Zwolle.

An exhibition of Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation