Hannah Höch. Millions of views16 February--15 May 2022
Hannah Höch (1889–1978) went down in history as a Dada icon. Above all, she is known for her photo collages critically examining the political and social environment. Yet her work also reveals the autonomous artistic statement of an extraordinary personality. With over 120 works – some of which have not been shown for a long time or ever before – representing all creative areas and periods, this exhibition illuminates the entire spectrum of an oeuvre that is as versatile as it is contradictory. The works on loan come from prominent international and national museums, institutions, and private collections.
Höch took the liberty of switching between artistic styles across all ideological divides, each time according to the subject matter at hand. This not only means that in Höch’s work one finds poster designs as well as paintings; she also combines fine art and applied art in in some of her pieces. In the exhibition, the works appear side by side on an equal footing, fully in keeping with the intention of their creator. Enabling “millions and millions of views” – as Höch put it in a poem – was the aim of her art. She achieved an unequaled artistic freedom and variety. The show seeks to address, for the first time, precisely this aspect of Höch’s work.
A cooperation between the Bröhan-Museum and the Museum im Kulturspeicher
Media partners: Wall GmbH, rbb Kultur, Dinamix, tip, Exberliner.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by the Wienand Verlag.
Curator: Dr. Ellen Maurer Zilioli
Exhibition design: Katleen Arthen
Design of advertising motif: Gerwin Schmidt
Artwork: Hannah Höch, Garden with Butterflies, 1948, Karsch/Nierendorf Collection; Hannah Höch, The Block, 1922, Sammlung Karsch/Nierendorf; Hannah Höch, The Small Cycle, Sheet D, 1954/55, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett – © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 – Portrait of Hannah Höch: photographer unknown, 1920s, Galerie Berinson