Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2006

In Osteuropa 1-2/2006

Scorned, Sold, Destroyed
“Degenerate Art” and the Radicalisation of Nazi Art Policy

Andreas Hüneke

Deutsche Fassung


In 1936, after an initial ambiguity regarding the direction of Nazi art policy – the result of a leadership power struggle and the source of some illusionary hopes – a change of course was set toward the radical rejection of all mod-ern trends. The propagandistic climax was the 1937 exhibition “Degenerate Art” in Munich. More far-reaching, however, were the confiscations, sales and partial destruction of almost 20,000 works of art in years that followed.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2006, pp. 223–234)