Art: Modern in the Dark

Last week Munich saw the first comprehensive show of new German art since the war. Held in Hitler's onetime headquarters, the massive FÜhrerbauhaus, it contained not a single blond Balder, buxom BrÜnnhilde or veiled Valhalla of the sort Hitler had liked to see. There were few still lifes or portraits either, and surprisingly few bitter or tragic pictures such as George Grosz and Kathe Kollwitz had made between wars. Instead of all that, the best young German painters were doing abstractions, by the acre.

The exhibition was sponsored by an Independence, Mo. art patron...

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