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Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany (1919)
Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was a member of the Berlin Dada movement and developed the art of photomontage. This work was made from images cut and pasted from the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung and other periodicals. Pulsing, chaotic, and bursting with Dada energy, it is populated with well-known faces of the day – the recently abdicated Wilhelm II, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President Friedrich Ebert, as well as circus performers, athletes, actresses, and Hannah Höch herself – all floating among the gears and ball-bearings of industrial production. It has become one of the most recognized artworks of the Dada movement.