John Heartfield
The Most Gigantic Liar of All Time 1938

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Artist
John Heartfield 1891–1968
Title
The Most Gigantic Liar of All Time
Das Gifantischeste Lugenmaul aller Zeiten
Date 1938
Medium Magazine
Dimensions Image: 381 x 270 mm
Collection
From the David King Collection
On short term loan
Reference
X13501

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The Czech government censored this issue of VI, which appeared on the day that Germany annexed the Sudetenland. Hitler’s gaping mouth was overprinted in black but remains visible. The lie was that this was his last territorial claim, and this was already exposed by the de facto dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. The Czech government refused demands to extradite Heartfield to Germany, and he made his way to London by the end of the year.

February 2016

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