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Degenerate art (German: Entartete Kunst) was a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art. following project has the intention of trying to hook up to the Big World Tree, all individual Artists active during World War II, whom the Nazis claimed were producers of Degenerate Art.

In the process of each individual project dedicated to a single artist, collaborators will be confronted with a set of family relations and events, accompanied by sources, which will be linked to specific names or events. The collaborators will start their task together, meeting on the related profile or project discussions.

Degenerate art

On 18th July 1937 the Great German Art Show opened in the Haus der Deutschen Kunst in Munich. The gallery was newly built, specifically to display works of which Hitler approved, those conformed to the Aryan ideals of the Nazi party.

The following day, and a very short distance away, the Degenerate Art Exhibition opened. The exhibition was the culmination of the work of a commission, led by Hilter's favourite painter, Adolf Ziegler. Although the commission was not formed until 1937, the campaign against unacceptable art began almost immediately after Hilter was elected in 1933. So-called "shame exhibitions" (Schandausstellungen) were often organised.

The commission was given the task of removing unacceptable art from German museums. About 600 of these works were displayed in the Degenerate Art Exhibition. This was the first public showing of these works, which were hung haphazardly and alongside insulting texts, for example; "madness becomes method". in the 1937 Munich show


Degenerate Art

The letter from Hutchinson Internment Camp in Douglas, Isle of Man
signed by 16 artists from Germany and Austria:

The Letter
A Brush With Life in Exile Other artists, considered producers of Degenerate Art, were:

Alexander Archipenko, James Ensor, Albert Gleizes, Henri Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Katharina Kollwitz (Schmidt)


New World Encyclopedia
Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany
First, They Came for the Art
Degenerate art: Artists in the 1937 Munich show
Degenerate art: Why Hitler hated modernism
Als Hitler "entartete Kunst" verscherbeln ließ
The Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) Memorial plaza project Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art), Munich, Germany, 1937 (03:37)
Nazi Degenerate Art Painting & Drawing Various Artists (06:12)

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