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by  hannah höch

320 pages, 15 x 21 cm , 793 g.
Editor Harald Neckelmann
Publisher Transit
Year 2018
Cover Halfcloth
Language German
ISBN 978-3-88747-364-8

Hannah Höch's address book is a curiosity. Created as early as 1917, continued and repeatedly supplemented by additional pages until her death in 1978, it contains well over a thousand names. It turns out to be a real treasure trove: artistic friendships, risky biographies and crazy connections become visible.

Hannah Höch was born in Gotha in 1889. Against the will of her parents, she began studying at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin in 1912. In 1916 she was one of the first to begin photo collages and montages. Since 1917 she has been part of the Berlin Dada movement and a member of the »Novembergruppe«, which saw art as the motor of the social spirit of optimism after the First World War. From 1926 to 1929 she lived with the writer Til Brugman in Holland, since 1929 again in Berlin. Her first major exhibition at the Bauhaus was prevented by the National Socialist government of Thuringia in 1932, shortly before its opening. During her inner emigration (the Nazis had ennobled her as a »cultural Bolshevik«), she lived and worked in complete isolation after 1933. After 1945 she took part in exhibitions again.