The Twentieth Century German Art Exhibition: Answering Degenerate Art in 1930s London, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Twentieth Century German Art Exhibition

Answering Degenerate Art in 1930s London, 1st Edition

By Lucy Wasensteiner

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234 pages | 62 B/W Illus.

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Appendix One: Index of Twentieth Century German Art Exhibits

Appendix Two: Index of Twentieth Century German Art Lenders

Bibliography

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions

Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions is a new series focusing on museums, collecting, and exhibitions from an art historical perspective. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART006000
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART006010
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Group Shows
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015030
ART / European
ART015100
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
ART043000
ART / Business Aspects
HIS014000
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS022000
HISTORY / Jewish
HIS027100
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POL039000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Censorship
POL042030
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POL049000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Propaganda