Art Beats: Hitler Vs Picasso And The Others
An extraordinary account of how the Nazis looted the art of Europe and sought to eliminate works which contradicted Hitler’s Aryan vision. Works in the avant-garde styles - Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism and other modernist genres -were deemed cosmopolitan and communist, and termed ‘degenerate’ art by the Third Reich. This documentary is based on three main sources: the exhibition ‘Degenerate Art’ which opened in Munich in July 1937, and was the Nazi regime’s own exhibition of what was considered despicable, low art; the history of the Paris gallery ‘21 rue La Boétie’, owned by Paul Rosenberg, a prominent Jewish art collector of ‘degenerate’ works; and the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, which consisted of works of art plundered from Jewish families during the war. The result is a treasure-trove of sensational art works and a timely and compelling account of a regime obsessed with its own cultural identity and destruction.
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