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Art and Architecture in Nazi Germany

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  • UserProfessor Sir Richard Evans, FBA (President of Wolfson College and Provost of Gresham College, London)
  • ClockTuesday 13 June 2017, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseLee Hall, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

We still think of art in the ‘Third Reich’ as a kind of black hole, a period, 1933-1945, in which all the competent artists fled the country to live abroad, and nothing of any interest was produced. The Nazis were philistines who regarded all modern art as ‘degenerate’. This lecture brings this view of Nazism as hostile to modernity and modern art into question. It looks at Nazi attitudes to art and architecture and examines the work of some of the artists who stayed, in the wider context of European modernism and the artistic beliefs of Hitler, who regarded himself, as is well known, as an artist.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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