Jedermann sein eigner Fussball  

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"Jedermann sein eigner Fussball" ("Everyman His Own Football") was an illustrated bimonthly published by Malik Verlag (Wieland Herzfelde's publishing house). The satirical periodical in tabloid format was published on February 15, 1919, and confiscated immediately on publication by the police. It includes two photomontages by John Heartfield on the front cover and six line drawings by George Grosz. Texts by Herzfelde, Walter Mehring, Mynona; other contributors jointly credited include Richard Huelsenbeck, Erwin Piscator, Karl Nierendorf, and J.H. Kuhlemann. The cover's typeface and layout used satirise contemporary trends in conservative German newspaper design.

The issue contains photomontages such as Heartfield’s "Wer ist der Schönste? (who is the most beautiful?)," a proposed beauty contest of government leaders whose faces are playfully spread across an open fan. In spite of its absurdist amusements, this singular issue was a work of impassioned radical opinion, published only a few weeks after the communist revolt in Berlin had been quashed by Gustav Noske's Free Corps, and Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg murdered. "Jedermann sein eigner Fussball" is an example of Berlin Dada in its most aggravated political phase.





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