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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : John Heartfeild

Today we arrive Tate Modern – John Heartfield, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Here we see the works of German artist. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Madrid 1936, 1936, by John Heartfield
2. The Thousand Year Reich, 1934, by John Heartfield
3. Normalisation, 1936, by John Heartfield

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum : John Heartfield collection

  • For as long as we know, art has been used as a platform to voice social and political issues. In extreme cases, it has even been used as a political weapon. But where did this begin?
  • In the context of Modern art, Heartfield is often recognised as the first to have weaponised art in such a way.
  • Heartfield was born in 1891. He was at the peak of his career when Hitler rose to power in his homeland. And he used his art as a means to express his anti-Nazi ideas.
  • Heartfield is best known for his strong anti-fascist imagery that took the form of a series of photomontages.
  • His real name was Helmut Herzfeld. He anglicised it in support of Britain’s push against Nazism in Germany. Heartfield trained at the Royal Bavarian Arts & Crafts School.

A Final Thought :

Heartfield’s images are very potent and hard-hitting – much like a weapon of war.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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