Degenerate Art

degenerate art“Degenerate art” was a term applied by the Nazi regime in Germany to artworks considered to be un-German and intolerable. Modern styles of art were prohibited; they were seen as  Jewish or Bolshevist in nature. The Nazis instead  promoted paintings and sculptures that were traditional in manner and that exalted the “blood and soil” values of racial purity, militarism, and obedience.Such works of art were pillaged from museums and private galleries and criticized for straying from Nazi values. Deemed weak, decadent and impure, pieces by modern masters including Paul Klee and  Marc Chagall  were looted by the Nazi regime, to be collected and shown in a traveling exhibition also titled “Degenerate Art.” Over 5,000 works were stolen in two weeks. An original exhibition of “degenerate” artworks opened in July 1937 and journeyed throughout Germany and Austria. Works were deliberately hung askew to minimize their importance to both artistic evolution and the ideas of modernism. An exhibition of some of these works was shown in New York City in 2014.

Degenerate Art
Wikipedia

Degenerate Art Exhibition
Wikipedia

DATABASE “ENTARTETE KUNST”
Degenerate Art Database
Department of History and Cultural Studies
Freie Universitat Berlin

DATABASE “ENTARTETE KUNST”
Degenerate Art Database
Department of History and Cultural Studies
Freie Universitat Berlin
Searchable database

‘Degenerate Art’ Research Center
Art History Department of Freie Universität Berlin, Art History

‘Degenerate Art’ Once Looted By The Nazis Is Now Being Shown In Stunning Exhibition
Huffington Post

ART AND PROPAGANDA: THE
DEGENERATE ART EXHIBITION
By Maren Laurel Read
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Entartete Kunst’ Inventory
Volumes I & II
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A holds the only known copy of a complete inventory of ‘Entartete Kunst’ confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany, mostly during 1937 and 1938. The list of more than 16,000 artworks was produced by the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) in 1942 or thereabouts

Degenerate Art
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 review – What Hitler dismissed as ‘filth’
The Guardian

Degenerate art: Why Hitler hated modernism
By Lucy Burns
BBC News Magazine

The Art Hitler Hated
The New York Review of Books

Guide to the “Degenerate Art” Exhibition (1937)
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

Degenerate Art: Exhibition Guide (1937)
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

 

 

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