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The Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) supports the programme of events “Montage or Fake News? for the exhibition, in the context of which parts of these digital offerings were created.

Page from John Heartfield's address book with the entry: Ulrike Marie Röhl née Meinhof, Hamburg. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John Heartfield Archive, No. 666. Photo © Academy of Arts, Berlin. Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes



“It becomes clear what drove the inventor of 'political photomontage’”

Three questions posed to curator Christine Fischer-Defoy and Michael Krejsa on the publication John Heartfield. Das Berliner Adressbuch 1950–1968

Nach der Sintflut – Ein Roman aus dem Jahre 2000, Originalmontage für Gebrauchsgraphik. Monatsschrift zur Förderung künstlerischer Reklame, 1927, © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes



“The new lessons on Heartfield unfold in abundance”

Dialogue between contributing author, Prof. Andrés Mario Zervigón, and Dr. Angela Lammert

Strike, 1924, directed by Sergej Eisenstein. Source: Filmmuseum Berlin – Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek. Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes



John Heartfield and Film

Articles by Ulrich Gregor, Gusztáv Hámos, Naum Kleeman, Angela Lammert

score by Hardi Kurda for PUTIF´s telepathic concert on June 19, 2020



A telepathic concert by PUTIF with Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi and Hardi Kurda

The People’s United Telepathic Improvisation Front join forces with Hardi Kurda to give a telepathic performance inspired by John Heartfield’s work.

Rithy Panh (directon), Irradiés, 2020, Film Still © RPanh


Artist’s Statement

Rithy Panh: Irradiés – Irradiated

Artist’s Statement by Rithy Panh as part of the symposium “Goodbye Photomontage?”

Film Still from co- © Anda Kryeziu


Artist’s Statement

Anda Kryeziu: CUTTING AND SCREAMING The creation of the multimedia work “co-” as homage to John Heartfield

Artist’s Statement by Anda Kryeziu as part of the symposium “Goodbye Photomontage?”

Christian Marclay, 48 War Movies (excerpt), 2019, single-channel video installation, color and stereo sound, continuous loop, dimensions variable © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York



Christian Marclay in conversation with Angela Lammert

Artist’s talk with Christian Marclay as part of the symposium “Goodbye Photomontage?”

John Heartfield, Zum Krisen-Parteitag der SPD (On the SPD Party Crisis), page from the AIZ, 1931 © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Akademie der Künste, Berlin


Online Symposium

Goodbye Photomontage?

Conceived by Angela Lammert in collaboration with Ute Eskildsen, Florian Ebner and Charlotte Klonk

Based on the contributions by more than 22 international participants

Photo: Cemile Sahin, car, road, mountain (2020), film still


Online laboratory

JUNGE AKADEMIE: Laboratory of Contested Space / Art & Truthtelling

Online 27 May – 10 Jun 2020

Impulse lectures and artistic contributions in the context of the “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite” exhibition at the Akademie der Künste

In German and English

Der Zauberer John Heartfield [The Magician John Heartfield], 1943. Photo © Zoltan Wegner. Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John Heartfield Archive, No. 610


Virtual Exhibition

Kosmos Heartfield

The online presentation "Kosmos Heartfield" complements the exhibition "John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite".

Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes


Online Catalogue

Heartfield Online

The graphic oeuvre of the political artist John Heartfield can be explored in a new online catalogue.

Photo © Roman März



360° Panoramic Tour

The interactive 360° panoramic tour leads through the exhibition “John Heartfield - Photography plus Dynamite” at Pariser Platz.

Exhibition trailer (in German only)

Montage or Fake News?

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) has funded the special event programme for the exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite”, which cannot take place due to the current health hazards posed by the coronavirus. In its place, the Akademie der Künste is making online offers available as an alternative.

Both historical and contemporary montage is examined and reviewed from the perspective of various art forms ‒ in images, film, literature and theatre, using found objects as an aesthetic principle in music and as a combination of text and design. Among the topics addressed are the relationship between montage and fake news, as well as if photomontage has reached its swan song. Concert recordings, audio plays, films, talks and interviews explore interactions between digitality, truth and narratives in politics and art.