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Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Solo Exhibition
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
United Kingdom

January 15th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
January 15th, 2014 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Staatshäupter (Heads of State) , Hannah HochHannah Hoch, Staatshäupter (Heads of State) ,
Collage Photomontage , 16.2 x 23.3 cm
© Collection of IFA, Stuttgart
Kleine Sonne (Little Sun), Hannah HochHannah Hoch, Kleine Sonne (Little Sun),
1969, collage, 16.3 x 24.2 cm
© Landesbank Berlin AG
Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]) , Hannah HochHannah Hoch,
Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]) ,
1930, collage, 48.3 x 32.1cm
© photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun / Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), Hannah HochHannah Hoch,
Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party),
1936, collage, 36 x 19.8 cm
© collection of IFA, Stuttgart
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Hannah Höch was an artistic and cultural pioneer. A member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s, she was a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. Splicing together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, she created a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Höch was admired by contemporaries such as George Grosz, Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters, yet was often overlooked by traditional art history. As the first major exhibition of her work in Britain, the show puts this inspiring figure in the spotlight.

Bringing together over 100 works from major international collections, the exhibition examines Höch’s extraordinary career from the 1910s to the 1970s. Starting with early works influenced by her time working in the fashion industry, it includes key photomontages such as High Finance (1923) which critiques the relationship between bankers and the army at the height of the economic crisis in Europe.

A determined believer in artistic freedom, Höch questioned conventional concepts of relationships, beauty and the making of art. Höch’s collages explore the concept of the ‘New Woman’ in Germany following World War I and capture the style of the 1920s avant-garde theatre. The important series ‘From an Ethnographic Museum’ combines images of female bodies with traditional masks and objects, questioning traditional gender and racial stereotypes.

Astute and funny, this exhibition reveals how Höch established collage as a key medium for satire whilst being a master of its poetic beauty.

Tickets are now available to book online or call 0844 412 4309 

Exhibition Circle Supporters: Louis and Sarah Elson. 

Catalogue made possible by the support of Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major new publication, Hannah Höch, edited by Prof. Dawn Ades OBE, Emily Butler and Daniel F. Herrmann. £29.95.     

Limited editions have been produced in response to the works of Hannah Höch by artists: Lukas BlalockMarcel Dzama,LinderGoshka MacugaShinro Ohtake and Mai-Thu Perret. Please ask at the info desk for more details or visit

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