PROGRAMM DER OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936 (PROGRAM OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BERLIN 1936), from AIZ, Vol. 14, No. 48, November 28, 1935, Pages 760-61 - Akron Art Museum - Online Collection
(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)
PROGRAMM DER OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936 (PROGRAM OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BERLIN 1936), from AIZ, Vol. 14, No. 48, November 28, 1935, Pages 760-61
15 in. x 21 in. (38.1 cm x 53.34 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
Marco Pinkus, Zurich, Switzerland
Purchased by Akron Art Institute (Museum), 1979
2008: "John Heartfield vs. Nazi Germany" 8/30/08 -11/30/08, Bidwell Gallery, Akron Art Museum
1996: "Akron's Own Rings: Five Passions in World Art" 6/22/96 - 8/11/96, Akron Art Museum
1980 - 1981: "John Heartfield: Photomontages fo the Nazi Period" tour, organized by Akron Art Institute (Museum)
1/12/80 - 3/2/80, Akron Art Museum
5/21/80 - 8/31/80, The Jewish Museum, New York
10/1/80 - 11/10/80, The University of Minnesota, Nimmeapolis, Minnesota
1/5/81 - 2/15/81, The University of New Mexico, University Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1979: "Aquisitions 1979" 6/30/79 - 9/2/79, Akron Art Institute (Museum)
BEILSCHWINGEN, KÖPFE ROLLEN, SPEERWERFEN, SEILZIEHEN, FECHTEN, WECHSELREITEN, RUMPFBEUGEN, ABSCHLIESSEND GRANDIOSES SCHLACHTENFEUERWERK
AX SWINGING, HEAD ROLLING, SPEAR THROWING, TUG-OF-WAR, FENCING, RIDING THE PROMISSORY NOTE, BODY BENDING, FINAL GRAND ARTILLERY FIREWORKS
Chat label for "Akron's Own Rings: Five Passions in World Art" exhibition:
Look at the John Heartfield photomontage brought back anguished memories of the infamous Berlin Olympic games of 1936, and the Munich Olympics in 1972, in which eleven Israeli athletes were massacred.
John Heartfield was a German artist originally associated with the Dada Group of 1920. A life-long communist, his art served as the strongest commentary against the prevailing decadence and political evils and abuses of the Nazi era. Heartfield was forced to flee Hitler's Germany and spent the war years interned in England. After the war, he returned to East Germany where he lived out his life.
Certainly in an historic context, his political art documented for posterity one of the blackest pages of the twentieth century.
Mary S. Myers
Past President, Akron Art Museum