Remaking ern Woman the Mod The Dadaist Montages of Hannah Ho¨ch Kristine Somerville Indian Dancer, Hannah Höch, 1930, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Art Resource, NY © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn In 1920 the Dadaist movement in Berlin celebrated what it considered the triumph of cut-and-paste collage over brush and paint with the First International Dada Fair. The Dadaists would "take up scissors and cut out all that we require from paintings and photographic representations." The gallery was filled with political posters, cheap reproductions of famed artworks, ephemera, collaged paintings and photomontages. Among this array of new art was Hannah Höch's collage Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany. Its images, taken from mass-media periodicals, mocked wellknown male politicians and military figures by endowing them with female body parts. Höch's message was obvious: the bourgeois patriarchal culture of the Weimar era needed to end. Reviewers found the imagery stunning. Höch was the hit of the fair, and Cut with the Kitchen Knife became the group's iconic work. Höch was the only female member of the Berlin Dada group that included the best of the city's
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 9, 2014
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