Hannah Höch (fan club)

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Hannah Höch (fan club)

Some mail artists add a stamp print to their mail art, saying 'Hannah Hoch Fan Club'.

Until I received these stamp prints I never had heard of this artist, who was born 1st of November 1889. She has been a collage / photomontage pioneer. She was part of the Dada movement and also became involved in the De Stijl art movement. 

For anyone who has a Hannah Höch Fan Club Stamp (and interested others, I haven't one), this group can be the place to share your thoughts and mail art, tributing to and/or inspired by Hannah Höch.

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on November 2, 2017 at 12:03am

128 years..

Thank you for reminding, Katerina!

And wow, how coincidental... I hadn't noticed that today was her birthday until I read your message five minutes ago. But this morning I was looking  in my piles, and coincidentally found the Hannah Hoch postage stamp (shown above) - which I hadn't had in hands for ages - and I was wondering if ever I had sent this stamp to you?! And I thought of asking you, and meanwhile you have written about Hannah Hoch's anniversary!

Did I sent you the stamp before? 

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 1, 2017 at 9:15pm

November 1 is Hannah Höch's birth date!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 20, 2016 at 1:33am

That's an interesting point of view, your criticism to these pages, Corgifeet! I think you can add an interesting chapter, nice food-for-thought, to Ruud's IU.... Or - if you are hesitating to write: maybe we, you and me, and/or anyone who wants, could exchange our thoughts about 'mail art' and 'elitism' and 'bourgeoisism' via a snail mail 'chat' (e.g. an add-and-return mindmap or so) and collect the content of these snail mails for Ruud's book...? What do you think about that? :-) ).

Sure the dada / art movement seemed to be elite, but didn't they also struggle against the 'high' art at that time? Similar to punk (music, culture) in the late seventies, early eighties, which was meant to be low-threshold for everyone, which started by working class angry-young-men from the UK but subsequently was performed by highly class/educated young men in the US? (male dominating in those days, too, and ending in playlists and top 1000's finally..)
Also the CoBrA art movement has been started as a contra-elitism movement, however in the end the CoBrA artists belonged to the art elite (in contrary to mail artists - skipped in almost all art books and I still didn't succeed to have the directors of the nearby Cobra Museum organise a mail art exhibition :-) ).
Probably those things are the ways things go...

Concerning mail art, I tend to disagree to think mail art full of elitism.
Indeed some mail artists behave like bourgeois art makers and some of the art might be 'high brow' art. However the majority of mail artists and their (our) art I think common people. I see mail art as a low threshold way of making and sharing art. Not aimed to hang in a museum, just exhibited through the postal systems (and nowadays on internet blogs, too) and enjoyed at homes.
The only bourgeois thing might be the fact that we don't sell our art, while we still are able to buy / have access to sufficient postage  (which in many parts of the world is harder to find). And be lettered enough to write the addresses. 

By the way, also disagreement concerning the HH fanclub. This fan club is open to everyone, but you are right if you say that Hannah Höch only is known by some "happy few". Though I think the reason for that is that she is not mentioned in most of the art books, not in documentaries and so on, in contrary to her male colleagues. Skipped. Does that  mean that liking her art still is elite? 

Comment by Angie on December 19, 2016 at 12:28am

It's nice that a woman Dada artist is recognized in a largely male dominated movement but in the end, she was part of a bourgeois art society. There was elitism in the past and it continues even today in mail art and with this "Hannah Hoch Fan Club."  

Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on September 22, 2016 at 5:37pm

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on November 4, 2015 at 9:44pm

Envelope, inspired by Hannah Höch's works, sent to Miss Noma about a month ago.

I am not sure if it has arrived yet. But at least here's a scanned version, in honour of HH.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 24, 2015 at 4:16pm

Glad it arrived, Heleen!

Thanks for posting it :-)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on October 24, 2015 at 3:19pm

In from Katerina. Two Hannah Höch stamp prints  on the back of a cut-out canvas. The colours of the canvas somehow remind me of some of Hannah Höch works. So I posted here.

Thank you very  much, Katerina!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on October 8, 2015 at 11:18pm

515%20Hannah%20Hoch%20postage%20stamp%20text%20Deutsch%20English.pdf

Attached a pdf with German and translated-into-English text which accompanied thepostage stamp, which has been issued in 1898 by the German post.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 8, 2015 at 8:40am

Thank you, Heleen, for the Hannah art work, postage stamp, and info:

blogged here:

Heleen and Hannah Hoch with an ATC Birdie

 

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