John Heartfield
Adolf, The Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Rubbish 1932

Artwork details

Artist
John Heartfield 1891–1968
Title
Adolf, The Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Rubbish
Adolf, Der Ubermensch: Schluckt Gold und redet Blech
Date 1932
Medium Magazine
Dimensions Image: 379 x 279 mm
Collection
From the David King Collection
On short term loan
Reference
X39284

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Heartfield’s byline ironically claims that this is an X-ray rather than a photomontage. Hitler was not yet in a position of power, but his mass appeal is here shown to serve big business. The spinal column of coins exposes this hidden support as fundamental.

February 2016

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