Hannah Höch's scrapbook, her most personal, delightfully poetic work - presented here for the first time in its entirety as a reproduction of high, near-facsimile quality.
Hannah Höch (1889-1978), an important representative of the Berlin Dada movement, was a dedicated collagist. She noted in her appointment calendar for 1939 that she had been "busy for days going through magazines and cutting things out." The sheer abundance of Hannah Höch's collection of visual material is suggested by an album that was presumably compiled in 1933, a singular work within her oeuvre that poses a number of fascinating questions. Was it used as a collection of motifs for collages and photo-montages? Was it a kind of modern sketchbook? Could it have been a first step toward Conceptual Art? The album comprises 114 pages-two issues of the journal Die Dame were used as backing pages-and combines in an amusing fashion more than four hundred photographic images of subjects from nature, technology, sports, dance, the new woman, film, ethnology, and other areas of interest collected, cut out and mounted by the artist. The collection also contains a remarkable number of female nudes. The album, only a few pages of which have been published before, is now presented for the first time in its entirety as a reproduction of high, near-facsimile quality. It is available in a favorably priced standard edition and as a deluxe edition for lovers of bibliophile art books who enjoy looking and discovering. The deluxe edition is presented in the original format accompanied by a booklet of texts in a slipcase. Exhibition schedule: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, January 20 - April 11, 2004 · Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, October 5, 2005 - January 9, 2006 · National Gallery of Art, Washington, February 19, 2006 - May 14, 2006 · The Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 16, 2006 - September 11, 2006