Hannah Höch – Assembled Worlds / Unteres Belvedere, Vienna

Hannah Höch, Staatshäupter (Detail), 1918-1920 Diese Arbeit ist Teil der ifa Kunstsammlung. Foto: © Christian Vagt; © Bildrecht, Wien 2024

21.06.2024 – 06.10.2024

It is a premiere: the work of the German Dadaist, painter and photomontage artist Hannah Höch (1889-1978) will be on display in Austria for the first time and will be honoured with a major museum retrospective at the Belvedere. Höch was one of the central protagonists of art in the 1920s and is considered a co-inventor of collage and photomontage. Equipped with glue and scissors, she explored the power and impact of images in her art in an ironic and sharp-sighted way.
The exhibition focuses on Hannah Höch’s collages and photomontages. Little is known about Höch’s understanding of photomontage as closely related to film – as a “static film” on paper that can open up new perspectives on the world with the help of editing and composition. What film and photomontage have in common is the technique of montage: both dissect the world optically and mechanically into sections in order to reassemble them and thus create new visual experiences.
In addition to 80 photomontages by Hannah Höch, a selection of paintings, drawings and prints as well as archival material from the artist’s estate will be on display. The works will be shown in dialogue with film projections by Hans Richter, László Moholy-Nagy, Viking Eggeling, Jan Cornelis Mol, Alexander Dowschenko, Dziga Vertov, Fernand Legér, Wilhelm Prager and Paul Painlevé, whom Höch knew and from whom she received artistic inspiration.

Hannah Höch – Assembled Worlds
21.06.2024 – 06.10.2024
Belvedere Wien
Unteres Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna