1907 – 1960
Age of Global Conflict

Höch's Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany


Hannah Höch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, collage, mixed media, 1919-1920 (Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin)

Speakers: Dr. Juliana Kreinik, Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker

To see the Flickr page, click here: Hannah Höch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, 1919-20 (Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie)

 

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Satchel wrote on Saturday, March 02, 2013

I have always enjoyed this photomontage because of its claustrophobic and chaotic composition that clearly reflects the political turmoil that was going on after WWI in Germany. This image is rich with satirical and questioning imagery. To start, I find an interesting juxtaposition between the whole left side of the image, which depicts the pro-dadaists and the masses, versus the whole right side of the image which depicts the anti-dadaists (politicians) and the dada men in which she demeans which is r contrasted against the women's voting rights. She is clearly not only unhappy with the political turmoil and the extreme right winged attitude that seemingly is against the masses. She is also unhappy with the treatment of women, specifically within the dada movement which she was apart of. The gears that are scattered on the pictorial plane tend to be thought of in a masculine way or the mechanics of government, these gears are loose and not connected, perhaps suggesting that not only is the government is becoming disconnected but male dominance in general is losing its momentum.

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