1st Edition

The Twentieth Century German Art Exhibition Answering Degenerate Art in 1930s London

By Lucy Wasensteiner Copyright 2019
    262 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book represents the first study dedicated to Twentieth Century German Art, the 1938 London exhibition that was the largest international response to the cultural policies of National Socialist Germany and the infamous Munich exhibition Degenerate Art. Provenance research into the catalogued exhibits has enabled a full reconstruction of the show for the first time: its contents and form, its contributors and their motivations, and its impact both in Britain and internationally.

    Presenting the research via six case-study exhibits, the book sheds new light on the exhibition and reveals it as one of the largest émigré projects of the period, which drew contributions from scores of German émigré collectors, dealers, art critics, and from the ‘degenerate’ artists themselves. The book explores the show’s potency as an anti-Nazi statement, which prompted a direct reaction from Hitler himself.



    Chapter One: The Organisation of Twentieth Century German Art

    Chapter Two: Campendonk’s ‘Jumping Beast’: Neutrality and Resistance in Swiss Museums

    Chapter Three: Schmitt-Rottluff’s ‘Fishermen’s Houses’: Art and Status in Exile

    Chapter Four: Liebermann’s ‘The Potato Gatherer’: German Modernism, German Dealers and the London Art Market

    Chapter Five: Schwitters’ ‘The Golden Ear’: ‘Degenerate’ Artists as Lenders to London

    Chapter Six: Macke’s ‘Men on a Bridge’: Loans from the Reich

    Chapter Seven: Baumeister’s ‘Kneeling Group’: The British and Twentieth Century German Art

    Chapter Eight: The Reception of Twentieth Century German Art in Britain and Germany


    Appendix One: Index of Twentieth Century German Art Exhibits

    Appendix Two: Index of Twentieth Century German Art Lenders



    Lucy Wasensteiner is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Bonn, and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.