London 1938: Defending 'Degenerate' German Art

The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London

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The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square Marylebone WC1B 5DP
When:Event passed!
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Wed 13th Jun 2018 to
Fri 14th Sep 2018

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Where:The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
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Times:Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00 Tuesdays: 10:00 - 19:30 Weekend: closed
Picture of London 1938: Defending 'Degenerate' German Art

About the event

The Wiener Library’s summer 2018 exhibition explores the history and context of an exhibition held in 1938 at the New Burlington Galleries in London entitled Twentieth Century German Art. 2018 marks the eightieth anniversary of this exhibition, which was the most prominent international response to the Nazi campaign against ‘degenerate’ art. It remains the largest display of twentieth-century German art ever staged in Britain.The show featured over three hundred examples of modern German art, by exactly those artists who had faced persecution in Germany: the exhibition in London in 1938 was an attempt to defend them and their work on a world stage.

The Wiener Library’s exhibition tells the story of the Third Reich’s campaign against ‘degenerate’ art and this response in London in 1938. The exhibition features a number of the original artworks from the New Burlington Galleries’ exhibition, including works by Emil Nolde and Max Slevogt, presented with the stories of their lenders in 1938. The show will also include items from The Wiener Library’s unique archival collections.

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