Before I came to Munich, the only thing I really knew about it was that Hitler had really liked the place and he staged two art exhibitions in Munich in 1937.
These exhibitions were the Degenerate art exhibition, which featured modern art, and the Great German art exhibition, which featured Nazi approved ‘pure’ art. The latter included work by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and even Nazi supporter Emil Nolde. Hitler did not like most modern art, thinking it confusing, subversive and impure, and he used the exhibition to try and defame and mock it. He thought art should be pleasant to look at and have an uplifting, Nazi supportive message.
He wasn’t alone either, a lot of people didn’t like modern art at the time and the term ‘degenerate’ used to describe wasn’t exactly new, nor was it first used by the Nazis.
The Great German art exhibition, which took place in…
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