"Hannah HÖCH is best known as a representative of the Dada movement and with her photo collages since the 1910s. This book, 'Unknown Rarities,' shows a different, more private photographic artist: landscapes, watercolors and miniatures, memories recounted in painterly fashion, portraits and plant pieces in which her philosophy of becoming and passing is expressed. During the National Socialist era she withdrew from cultural life, defamed as a 'cultural Bolshevist'. A small wooden house in Heiligensee in the north of Berlin offered her and her art refuge during this time of radical isolation. Here she survived war, hunger and loneliness and found a new beginning after 1945.
The volume 'Hannah Höch: Unbekannte Raritäten' (Unknown Rarities) reflects the collection of the Berlin Museum Reinickendorf, which includes handicraft works by Hannh HÖCH, as well as rarities collected by her. The collection documents important areas of her life and provides insights into her personal relationships." (slightly adapted publisher's text, © Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2023)