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Art Exhibitions in Vienna, Austria, during the Nazi Occupation
Laura Morowitz, Wagner College

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The Austrian Studies Association Conference (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Austrian Studies Association Conference
Author: Morowitz
Abstract: To be added at later date
Date: 05/30/18

Course, Art and Aesthetics in the Third Reich (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: Course, Art and Aesthetics in the Third Reich
Author: Morowitz
Abstract: AH 491 H: ART AND AESTHETICS IN THE THIRD REICH One of the most murderous regimes in history, the Third Reich was also one of the most deeply invested in all areas of art and aesthetics. Beyond the realm of producing propaganda in every medium, from posters to film to processions, the Nazis stole or destroyed millions of works of art throughout Europe, planned the redesign of many major cities, held the most highly attended “art” exhibit ever held and attempted to control every facet of the visual arts. This course proposes that we cannot fully understand National Socialism without understanding the aesthetic ideology of the party and of Adolf Hitler and shows how “culture was not only the end to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it.” Topics to be explored include Hitler’s youth as a struggling painter in Vienna and his rejection from the Art Academy; the systematic expropriation of Jewish art collections and the works of foreign museums; Albert Speer’s plans for a newly designed Berlin; the 1937 Degenerate Art exhibit; the carefully designed parades, processions and rallies; and recent law cases to have stolen works of art restored to their rightful owners. The course ends with a look at memorials and museums dedicated to the Holocaust and ask whether it is possible for art, in any form, to illuminate one of the darkest chapters in human history,
Year: 2017
Audience: Undergraduate