A pioneer of German agitprop and an early member of the Berlin Dada group, John Heartfield is known as the inventor of political photomontage.
Armed with scissors, paste and acerbic wit, he used art as a political weapon. Risking his life under Hitler’s Third Reich, Heartfield subverted Nazi imagery to reveal the hypocrisy, greed and political threats of 1930s Germany.
80 years since the outbreak of World War Two, John Heartfield’s work foregrounds the need for artistic agitation in challenging times. His striking photomontages offer inspiration in our own era of rising far-right politics, racism and the blurring of fact and fake news.
33 of Heartfield's scathingly satirical artworks will be shown alongside a fascinating collection of historic artefacts. A lively events programme will draw parallels with the political art of today.
Exhibition talks and workshops: details to be announced shortly.
Part of Insiders/Outsiders Festival, which celebrates the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.