Shrewsbury School

Academic Extension: 'Entartete Kunst - the 1937 Munich Degenerate Art Exhibition': Martin Humphreys (Hodgson Hall)

Thursday 24 January 2019 at 19:30

The Nazis laid claim to every aspect of German society. Hitler saw the German race as the creators and curators of human civilization. Artists should serve the state and reflect its values. What Hitler approved of, he patronised, collected and stole. What Hitler hated, particularly the “decadent” art of the Weimar period, he publicly vilified and destroyed. What the Nazis liked and what they hated both shed light on the National Socialist Weltanschauung. For Hitler, art was a matter of life or death …

“For on the day when this type of art really corresponded to the general view of things, one of the gravest transformations of humanity would have occurred: the regressive development of the human mind would have begun and the end would be scarcely conceivable.” Hitler, Mein Kampf

"Entartete Kunst - the 1937 Munich Degenerate Art Exhibition and the Nazi vision for 'proper German Art'" takes place in Hodgson Hall and members of the public are very welcome. There is no charge for admission.

 

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