DEGENERATE ART: THE ATTACK ON MODERN ART IN NAZI GERMANY, 1937. Images Courtesy of Neue Galerie New York.

Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

The term Entartete Kunst (in English degenerate art) first rose to prominence through a special exhibition entitled "Great German Art Exhibition", staged in Munich in 1937 by the National Socialist Regime in an attempt to excoriate modern art genres such as Expressionism, Cubism and Bauhaus.

The "Degenerate Art" show at Neue Galerie, curated by Dr. Olaf Peters, not only compares controversial pieces from said exhibition such as Paul Klee’s The Angler and Max Beckmann’s Cattle in a Barn with officially sanctioned art of the time, but also displays the "Entartete Kunst" typescript, a 482-page inventory of all seized artwork compiled between 1941 and 1942 by the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

Art and politics may have always been in a constant debate with one another, but this exhibition successfully depicts a historical point in time when said exchange reached its indisputable pinnacle. 
Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 is on display at Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue, New York, until June 30th.




Image credits:

1. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)
A Group of Artists (The Painters of the Br