The Gift of John Heartfield
World premiere. In 1968, John Lennon was in his first year at Liverpool School of Art and Design. The students invited German-Jewish artist, John Heartfield, to Liverpool. In return he gifted this complete set of his pre-WW2 anti-Nazi photomontage posters.
In 1968, when John Lennon was in his first year at Liverpool School of Art and Design, students around the western world were revolting. Our art students invited German Jewish artist, John Heartfield, to Liverpool to speak about his 1920s and 30s anti-Nazi photomontage posters. In return, in 1976, his widow gave the Art School a gift of a complete set of his groundbreaking posters where, since, they have hidden unseen in the library archives. A third John, John Hyatt, curates and recreates an exhibition of this powerful political work – an exhibition originally compiled in Communist East Germany.
A public talk will take place at the Walker Art Gallery by, yes, a fourth John! John J. Heartfield, John Heartfield’s grandson, will talk about his grandfather’s work and his memories of him. This will be the first time John J. Heartfield will have spoken in Britain.