Everyone their own football

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"Jedermann his own football" was an illustrated satirical magazine in the artistic environment of Dadaism , which was banned in 1919 after being published once. The magazine was published by Wieland Herzfelde in his own Malik publishing house . Despite the small number of pages and the very short history of the edition, the edition is considered a high point of Dadaist graphics and collage only a few weeks after the Spartacus uprising in Berlin due to the quality of the artists involved and the references to the political situation at the time .

The first and only edition of the magazine appeared on February 15, 1919 in tabloid format . The magazine was immediately confiscated because of obscenity - the offense was caused by the reprint of the poem "The coitus in the Dreimäderlhaus" by Walter Mehring . Walter Mehring was therefore tried, which ended in acquittal. (The Dreimäderlhaus was a popular operetta at the time.)

“Everyone has his own football” had four pages and contained a total of eight illustrations, two of which were photo montages by Herzfeld's brother John Heartfield and six drawings by George Grosz . Text contributions came from Richard Hülsenbeck , Erwin Piscator , Karl Nierendorf , Salomo Friedlaender (Mynona) and JH Kuhlemann , among others . Both the typography and the layout of the front page were parodistically based on the design of contemporary conservative newspapers. On the front page is the photomontage “Who is the most beautiful?” By Heartfield, in which six portraits - of Friedrich Ebert and Philipp Scheidemann and four other members of the government for an alleged beauty pageant are coquettishly arranged on a fan. On the handle of the fan you can see the portraits of General Erich Ludendorff , the Catholic MP Matthias Erzberger and the Social Democratic Reich Defense Minister Gustav Noske . In the upper left corner of the front page you can see the football man's collage; the head is a portrait of Herzfeld.

After the discontinuation of "Jedermann sein ...", Herzfelde published the magazines " Die Pleite " and " Der gegen " in 1919 . From 1917 to 1922 there was a veritable glut of artistic magazines in Berlin: " Die Aktion " by Franz Pfemfert , "Neue Jugend" from Malik-Verlag, "Club Dada" by Hülsenbeck and Hausmann, "Der Komet", and " Der bloutige Ernst " von Grosz, were the names of some of the titles whose relation to the reality of life and the political situation was viewed critically even then:

“The communist movement is almost completely contained, since every German is busy with the publication of his own newspaper. Food useless, everyone swallows printing ink. "

- Raoul Hausmann , May 1919.

Despite the attitude of absurdist amusement, "Everyone has his own football" is considered the climax of the political radicalization in the art movement of Dadaism in Berlin.


  • Wieland Herzfelde (Ed.): Everyone has their own football - illustrated bi-monthly publication. Malik-Verlag, Berlin 1919. Volume 1 (1919) Issue No. 1, thus discontinued publication. ZDB -ID 715444-6 (reprints in Leipzig and Amsterdam, among others, 1977).

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Individual evidence

  1. Peter Jelavich: Berlin Cabaret . Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 1996, p. 146. ISBN 0-674-06761-4
  2. Bernd Klüser, Katharina Hegewisch (Hrsg.): The art of the exhibition. A documentation of thirty exemplary art exhibitions of this century . Insel Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. / Leipzig 1991, p. 74
  3. ZDB -ID 282191-6 Not to be confused with the new youth of the student movement Bund Neuland.
  4. ^ "Club Dada". Verlag Freie Strasse, Berlin 1918. ZDB ID 799026-1
  5. ZDB ID 715366-1
  6. ^ Trianon-Verlag, Berlin 1919-20. ZDB ID 521176-1
  7. Andreas Vowinckel: Surrealism and Art - Studies on the history of ideas and the change in meaning of Surrealism before the founding of the Surrealist movement and on the concept, method and iconography of Surrealism in art from 1919 to 1925 . Olms, Hildesheim 1989, pp. 416-417. ISBN 3-487-07717-5 .