Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Entartete Kunst: Führer durch die Ausstellung Entartete Kunst [WITH] Flyer "Entartete Kunst"

Berlin: Verlag für Kultur und Wirtschaftswerbung, 1938. Second edition. Softcover. Octavo. 32pp. Original stapled pictorial wraps with red and white lettering on cover. Exhibition guide. The exhibition was curated by the Reichspropagandaleitung (Reich Propaganda Leadership), Department Culture, in Munich.

The brochure was published to accompany the infamous exhibition "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art), which was shown in various cities throughout Germany starting in 1937. Illustrated throughout with b/ w photographic reproductions of art deemed to be "degenerate" by the National Socialists. Shown are works by artists such as Otto Dix, E. L. Kirchner, Morgner, Nolde, K. Eisner, Schmidt-Rottluff, George Grosz, Paul Klee, and many others. Excerpts from speeches by Hitler in relation to art on opposite page of most illustrations.

Octavo. 32pp. Original stapled pictorial wraps with red and white lettering on cover. Exhibition guide. The exhibition was curated by the Reichspropagandaleitung (Reich Propaganda Leadership), Department Culture, in Munich. Second edition with the typical features: Printed to art paper with changes in descriptive text on pages 21, replacing Jewish with degenerate, and designating the three works of art to respective artists, and 29, obmitting the descriptor "Jude" in Haizman header, and further down in the text "Judengeschöpf (Jewish creation)" with "Machwerk (botch)". Else as first edition.

This exhibition guide ranges among the most egregious documents of Nazi barbarism. 'After years of confiscating works of the artists of the Brücke, the Blaue Reiter, abstract art in general and artwork with social demands or accusations. The artworks were transported to Munich where the exhibition was curated and shown from July 19 to September 30, 1937. From February 1938 to April 1941 it traveled to Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Wien, Salzburg, Stettin and Halle. Some two million visitors saw this exhibition. The Hamburger Kunsthalle for example had 983 artworks confiscated, 496 came from the Frankfurt Städel-Galerie, and 900 from the Düsseldorfer Kunstsammlung.' (Ketterer, Dialoge, Volume I).

Text in German, Gothic script. Very light wear along edges of wrappers, minor creasing and light scuffing to front joint. Wraps in good+, interior in overall very good to near fine condition.

[WITH]

Original orange flyer (8 x 5 1/4"). Stamped "3. Aug. 1937" at top of right corner. Scathing flyer denouncing the art presented in the exhibition "Entartete Kunst." The text translated from German: 'Tortured Canvas - Emotional Decay - Pathological Dreamers - Insane good-for-nothings awarded prices by Jewish cliques, lauded by writers, were products and producers of an "art" state and city institutions unscrupulously squandered millions of the German people's wealth, while German artist starved to death at the same time. Just as that "State" was his "Art." Go look at that! Judge yourself! Visit the exhibition "Entartete Kunst," Hofgarten-Arkaden, Galeriestraße 4. Free admission. Prohibited for adolescents.' Near fine condition. vg to near fine. Item #50297

Price: $1,500.00

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