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The intensity of history at the Neue Galerie

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One of the intensities of “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937″ is the connection the exhibition enables the viewer to make between an art object, such as a painting, and the Nazis vilification of it and their ensuing expulsion of it from German museum collections. (Reminder: Exhibition curator and catalogue editor Olaf Peters is on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.)

Here’s how that works. This is George Grosz’s 1925 Portrait of the Writer Max Herrmann-Neisse.

This is the title panel on the wall next to the painting. (Please excuse my imperfect smartphone photograph.)

As you can see, the label lays out the exact history of the painting. It’s pretty darn chilling to stand before the object and to realize it was this exact thing…

Later in the exhibition you can see the Nazis own ledger listing degenerate paintings that were to be expunged from German museums. Via the Victoria & Albert Museum’s website, here’s the entry for this Grosz.

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