Footage of the ‘Degenerate Art Exhibition,’ in Munich 1937
This footage shows the 1937 Munich exhibition, which was created solely to publicly shame any art that had fallen under the “degenerate art” category.
When Adolf Hitler came into power he launched an essentially immediate assault on Modernist art. During this exhibition, the artworks were accompanied by Nazi slogans ridiculing them. One of the most famous quotes included Hitler’s description of Modernist works as “filth for filth’s sake.” Artists that were a threat were exiled, forbidden from creating work, or sent to camps; left to die.