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Emmy Hennings (1885 - 1948)

In Munich, Emmy Hennings had become an intimate of the Bohemian pack of the city while singing popular cabaret songs and reciting her own poems that addressed such themes as  loneliness, death and captivity, before expressionist poets and artists. With her lover, Hugo Ball, she settled in Zurich, in 1915 and, as they had found work in a vaudeville troupe, decided to open their own cabaret in 1916, the Cabaret Voltaire where Emmy Hennings ensured the success of the venue - she was called the ‘Star of the Cabaret Voltaire’ - with her popular songs, dada poetry and performances. In 1920, the German performer moved into an intense catholic mysticism to which she introduced Hugo Ball while she saw her paintings hang along those of Wassily Kandinsky at the Galerie Dada.  Despite having been an active member of the Dada movement and the co-founder of its place of birth, Emmy Hennings has since been almost completely erased from the history of the movement. This was due to her own inner conflict, her extreme practice of Catholicism contrasting with her debauched bohemian lifestyle but also because of her constant rewriting of her story and that of Hugo Ball during the latter part of her life. Dada artists and historians thus preferred to eclipse the role Emmy Hennings and turned her into a naive eccentric adorned by a childish bob haircut.
 

Tags / Emmy Hennings - German Artist - Muses - It Women - Art - Music - 1920s - Poetry
Hans Richter, Portrait of Emmy Hennings, 1917
Hans Richter, Portrait of Emmy Hennings, 1917
Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, 1916-1917
Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, 1916-1917
Hanns Holdt, Portrait of Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Hanns Holdt, Portrait of Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Emmy Hennings and her dada puppets, 1916
Emmy Hennings and her dada puppets, 1916
Hugo Ball, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 1916-1917
Hugo Ball, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 1916-1917
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1919
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1919
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, the Casa Andreoli, Agnuzzo at Lugano, 1921
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, the Casa Andreoli, Agnuzzo at Lugano, 1921
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Portrait of Emmy Hennings, München, 1921
Portrait of Emmy Hennings, München, 1921
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1918
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1918
Prison by Emmy Hennings
Prison by Emmy Hennings
Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, 1918
Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, 1918
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1911
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1911
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1927
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1927
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1940-1948
Emmy Hennings, 1940-1948
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1940-1949
Emmy Hennings, 1940-1949
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1918
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1918
Emmy Hennings, 1903
Emmy Hennings, 1903
Emmy Hennings, 1905
Emmy Hennings, 1905
Hanns Holdt, Portrait of Emma Hennings, 1921-1922
Hanns Holdt, Portrait of Emma Hennings, 1921-1922
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1905
Emmy Hennings, 1905
Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1900-1909
Emmy Hennings, 1900-1909
Emmy Hennings, 1909
Emmy Hennings, 1909
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1938-1942
Emmy Hennings, 1938-1942
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1911
Emmy Hennings, 1910-1911
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1930-1937
Emmy Hennings, 1930-1937
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912-1913
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings, 1912
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1921
Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1921
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1930-1939
Emmy Hennings, 1930-1939
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1919
Emmy Hennings, 1917-1919
Emmy Hennings, 1915
Emmy Hennings, 1915
Emmy Hennings, 1915
Emmy Hennings, 1915
Echte Bernhard and Emmy Hennings, 1919
Echte Bernhard and Emmy Hennings, 1919
Echte Bernhard and Emmy Hennings, 1919
Echte Bernhard and Emmy Hennings, 1919
Emmy Hennings, 1915-1917
Emmy Hennings, 1915-1917
Annemarie, Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1925
Annemarie, Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1925
Annemarie with Emmy Hennings, 1911
Annemarie with Emmy Hennings, 1911
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1917
Emmy Hennings, 1913
Emmy Hennings, 1913
Emmy Hennings with Annemarie, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings with Annemarie, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920
Emmy Hennings, 1920
Emmy Hennings with Francisca Stoecklin, 1920
Emmy Hennings with Francisca Stoecklin, 1920
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings, 1927
Emmy Hennings with her friends for Revolution Ball of
Emmy Hennings with her friends for Revolution Ball of "Action", 1915
Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Emmy Hennings, 1921-1922
Hermann Hesse, Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball,  1921
Hermann Hesse, Emmy Hennings and Hugo Ball, 1921
Emmy Hennings, 1926
Emmy Hennings, 1926
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1920-1929
Emmy Hennings, 1926
Emmy Hennings, 1926
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