John Heartfield

Adolf, The Superman: Swallows Gold and Spouts Rubbish

1932

On display at Tate Modern

Original title
Adolf, Der Ubermensch: Schluckt Gold und redet Blech
Medium
Magazine
Dimensions
Image: 379 x 279 mm
Collection
From the David King Collection
On short term loan
Reference
X39284

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, February 2016