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Philosophy and Art: "Degenerate" Art

Web Resources

CNN NEWS - 11/4/13 - Trove of "Degenerate" Art Found in Munich

$1 Billion in art looted by Nazis recovered. Read more....


1993 Documentary

Published on Oct 9, 2012

"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 at the time of this writing.... Most of the footage ... was provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art."

Entartete Kunst website - This was a project to recreate virtually the 1937 exhibit; unfortunately, it appears to have been abandoned after the first room.

"Degenerate" art at MoMA

This page from the Deutsches Historisches Museum gives the modern German view

An independent video on art under the Nazi regime (German language):

Library Resources

Search Oxford Art Online to find the following general articles, as well as a list of articles on individual artists.


The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms: entry for Degenerate Art

Grove Art Online: entry for Entartete Kunst

Search the catalog for Books

  Degenerate art : the fate of the avant-garde in Nazi Germany

      ART N6868 .D3388 1991

  Modern German art for thirties Paris, Prague, and London : resistance and acquiescence in a democratic public sphere / Keith Holz

      ART N72.P6 H65 2004


 Art of the Third Reich / Peter Adam

      ART N6868.5.N37 A34 1992




For an early 20th-century view of the term "degenerate" as applied to art:

        The sanity of art : an exposure of the current nonsense about artists being degenerate / by Bernard Shaw

                          A criticism of Max Nordeau's "Degeneration", originally published in "Liberty", edited by R.B. Tucker

                                              HEALY CB417.N9 S5 1908      SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - LIBRARY USE ONLY          




   Art -- Political aspects -- Europe

   National socialism and art

   Art, German -- 20th century -- Exhibitions 

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