Hannah Höch

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Date of Birth: Nov 1, 1889
Place of Birth: Gotha, Germany
Date of Death: May 31, 1978
Focus: Collage
Art movement: Dada
Nationality: German

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Hannah H Biography

Hannah Hoch (born Anne Therese Johanne Hoch) was born in Gotha, Germany in November 1, 1989. She studied glass design and graphic arts at the College of Arts and Crafts in Berlin. Between 1915 and 1919, Hoch became friends with Raoul Hausmann and became involved with the Berlin Dada movement. Hoch is widely known as the only female German participant in the Dada movement and her views in support of women’s rights were quite radical for the time period. Her work often provided commentary on perceptions of women in media and culture, Hoch’s photomontage, Da-Dandy, even went so far as to criticize the contradictory nature of the Dada movement and the entirety of Germany society itself.

Hoch remained fairly quiet during the years before and during World War II, marrying a pianist named Kurt Matthies and continued to produce artwork under the radar in a garden house outside of Berlin that can be visited by art enthusiasts today. Her work can be seen in galleries in Germany and around the world. Hoch’s most famous work is a collage of pasted papers, titled Schnitt mit dem Küchenmesser DADA durch die letzte weimarer Bierbauchkulturepoche Deutschlands (“Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany”) and is on display at the Staatliche Museum in Berlin. The critiques Hoch’s work made on gender roles and images of women in popular culture are still quite prevalent to society today.