John Heartfield
Whoever Reads Bourgeois Newspapers Becomes Blind and Deaf 1930

Artwork details

Artist
John Heartfield 1891–1968
Title
Whoever Reads Bourgeois Newspapers Becomes Blind and Deaf
Wer Bürgerblaätter liest wird Blind und Taub
Date 1930
Medium Magazine
Dimensions Image: 380 x 280 mm
Collection
From the David King Collection
On short term loan
Reference
X13469

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Heartfield’s first photomontage for AIZ targeted the Social Democrat Party and its newspapers. As art historian David Evans points out, it plays on ‘blätter’ meaning both newspaper and cabbage leaves. The rivalry between the Communists and the Social Democrats is evident in the mocking poem ‘I am a cabbagehead’.

February 2016

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