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After Dada: Marta Hegemann and the Cologne avant-garde

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
Publisher or commissioning bodyManchester University Press
Number of pages285
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-9007-3
DatePublished - Nov 2013


What happened in 1920s Cologne ‘after Dada’? Whilst most standard accounts of Cologne Dada simply stop with Max Ernst’s departure from the city for a new life as a surrealist in Paris, this book reveals the untold stories of the Cologne avant-garde that prospered after Dada but whose legacies have been largely forgotten or neglected. It focuses on the little-known Magical Realist painter Marta Hegemann (1894–1970). By re-inserting her into the histories of avant-garde modernism, a fuller picture of the gendered networks of artistic and cultural exchange within Weimar Germany can be revealed. This book embeds her activities as an artist within a gendered network of artistic exchange and influence in which Ernst continues to play a vital role amongst many others including his first wife, art critic Lou Straus-Ernst; photographers August Sander and Hannes Flach; artists Angelika Fick, Heinrich Hoerle, Willy Fick and the Cologne Progressives and visitors such as Kurt Schwitters and Katherine Dreier.

The book offers a significant addition to research on Weimar visual culture and will be invaluable to students and specialists in the field.

    Research areas

  • German Women Artists; Cologne Dada; Weimar Culture

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