Art: Culture On the Nazi Pillory

The Third Reich's mocking exhibit of degenerate works is re-created for the first time

Among all the efforts to clamp state censorship on art in the 20th century, one symbolic event stands out. It is "Entartete Kunst," the Nazis' show of "degenerate art," the purpose of which was to ridicule Modernism. Even when Stalin launched his terror against the Russian avant-garde in the 1930s, it never occurred to his apparatchiks to hold a big show of the art he loathed. But this was precisely what Hitler did in the summer of 1937 in Munich, contrasting it with another exhibition -- reverently installed in the neoclassical halls of the new House of German Art -- of...

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