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Kate Steinitz believed in collaboration among artists and enjoyed the social interaction such collaboration presented.  The Steinitz Family Guestbook chronicles much of the Dada artistic movement of Hanover, Germany during the 1920’s and early 1930’s before it was dispersed by the ravages of the Nazi movement. These images document Kate Steinitz’s ability to gather around her some of the most creative people of her era.  Taken as a whole it is a work of collaboration.  Artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Theo Van Doesburg, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, and El Lissitsky, and scores of others signed, doodled, composed, created poetry and works of art that can be found within its pages.  

A LISTING OF A FEW OF THE NOTABLE PERSONS WHO ARE REGISTERED IN THE GUESTBOOK DURING THE 1920s  

Wilfried Basse 

 

Carl Buchheister

 

Max Burchartz

Ernesto Gimenez Caballero

 

Mila Cirul

 

Prof. Albert von Le Coq

 

Campbell Dodgson

 

Theo Van Doesburg

 

Alexander Dorner  

 

Katherine Drier   Paul Erich 

Naum Gabo 

 

Herbert von Garvens

 

Friedel Vordemberge-Gildewart

Otto Gleichmann  

 

V.C. Habicht  

 

Raoul Hausmann

 

Ludwig Hilberseimer  

 

Hanna Hoch

Alexej von Jawlensky  

 

 Hanns Krenz 

 

Sophie Kuppers (Lissitzky) 

Theodor Lessing

El Lissitzky 

 

Alexander Moissi  

 

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

 

Otto Nebel

 

Hans Nitzschke

 

Midia Pines  Prof. Hans Prinzhorn 

 

Karl Peter Rohl      

Galka Scheyer 

 

Kurt Schwitters

 

Julius Hans Spiegel   

 

Herwarth Walden  

    

Clair Waldoff  

 

 

Most of the following descriptions are by Kate Steinitz herself from her book, “Kurt Schwitters, a Portrait from Life”, University of California Press, 1968.  Some of the images are reproduced from the publication of the Guestbook by Galerie Gmurzynska, 1977.   Credit is also given to to the Sprengle Museum , Hanover Germany for use of those images in color.