Degenerate Art – 1993, The Nazis vs. Expressionism (56 mins)

This is a documentary from 1993 by David Grubin (written, produced, and directed) about the art exhibit under the Nazi regime of what they considered to be the most corrupting and corrosive examples of what they called ‘Entartete Kunst’ or ‘Degenerate Art.’

The exhibit, which opened in July of 1937, was meant to be laughed at and despised. The film is not generally available (other than on VHS).

Personally, I could think of no better backdrop for the ideas and pathos of expressionist art than Nazi Germany, shown by a great deal of actual footage (most provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – they had an exhibit of their own based on the event that same year).

The music includes Schoenberg, Hindemith, and Wagner. All of the art shown is referenced by name in the end credits.

 


 

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