History Lesson — Hannah Höch (1889-1978)

Hannah Höch was one of the founders of Berlin Dada, working primarily in collage and photomontage. She worked with Raoul Hausmann, Richard Huelsenbeck, and George Grosz; along with fellow women artists Beatrice Wood, Sophie Tauber, and Baroness Else von Freytag (who often receive less recognition then their male counterparts).
From Clara, The Database of Women ARtists: “Höch met Raoul Hausmann in 1915 and the two artists, who had a turbulent love affair, are often credited for “inventing” photomontage. Using camera-made images, Höch and other Dadaists pieced together works with satirical and ironic messages about the chaotic sociopolitical state in Germany. Höch showed nine works at the infamous First International Dada Fair in 1920 including Cut With the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, 1919-1920.”

Höch’s collage “Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany” is in the collection of the Staatliche Museum in Berlin.

Later, Höch lived in the Netherlands and forged professional relationships with Kurt Schwitters and Piet Mondrian. She was a versatile artist who also made puppets, designed textiles, painted in oils, exhibited photographs, made prints, and engaged in performance art.

Returning to Germany, Höch lived through the Nazi years until her death in East Germany.

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