Jewish Museum Milwaukee is thrilled to host this community day for anyone living in Milwaukee County to visit DEGENERATE! Hitler’s War on Modern Art for FREE!
DATE: Sunday, March 26, 2023
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Between the end of WWI and the Nazis’ rise to power, the Weimar Republic era was a period of social, economic, and political upheaval in Germany and of thriving cultural and artistic experimentation. Modern Art, which cut ties from ridged tradition and promotes freedom of expression, was rising in popularity with new movements like Dadaism, Cubism, Expressionism, and Abstraction taking strong footholds in German society.
Hitler did not approve. He deemed modernist tendencies to be the result of genetic inferiority and society’s moral decline, labeling the artists and their work as Entartete Kunst, or ‘degenerate’.
An unprecedented attack to change and cleanse Germany’s cultural landscape was unleashed – a key step in Hitler’s plans for racial cleansing. Featuring art from private and institutional collections, this exhibit explores the Third Reich’s use of modern art as a tool of propaganda for public indoctrination to Nazi ideology and some of the artists, movements, events and outcomes of being branded ‘degenerate’.
An der Staffelei (At the Easel), by Marc Chagall, 1922/23
Courtesy of Beloit College, Wright Museum of Art