What the Nazis Characterized as "Degenerate Art"

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Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer!

Neue Galerie's (1048 Fifth Ave.) illuminating exhibition features work included in the "Degenerate Art" spectacles, as well as that by others who were ridiculed, forbidden to work, and, in some cases, murdered by the regime. It also features major examples of approved Nazi art and such chilling artifacts as an official ledger from the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda listing "degenerate" art confiscated from public institutions — neatly ruled columns representing destroyed careers and shattered lives.

Keep reading R. C. Baker's "The Work Hitler Despised and the One from Above His Fireplace." "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937" will be on view at the Neue Galerie through June 30.

Published on April 2, 2014

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