‘Degenerate Art’ Opens at Neue Galerie in the Spring

‘Degenerate Art’ Opens at Neue Galerie in the Spring

by Carol Vogel via “NY Times”

The Neue Galerie’s big spring show, “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937,” has been nearly three years in the making, yet it seems particularly prescient after the discovery last month of what may well be the biggest trove of missing 20th-century European art — about 1,400 works suspected of being traded or looted during the Nazis’ reign, including paintings by Matisse, Chagall, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and a host of other masters. Some disappeared in the late 1930s, around the time the Nazis raided German museums and public collections, confiscating works they called degenerate because Hitler deemed them un-German or Jewish in nature. . . .

This would be interesting to catch; I’m surprised so many works survived, since the Nazis destroyed so much of what they disapproved of (the loss in literary history was devastating).  It is a relief to know that so much survived, and I would be fascinated to attend this showing.  If anyone has a chance to go, a review would be greatly appreciated!


“Holding Looted Art Equals Receiving Stolen Goods: Safer”

“Holding Looted Art Equals Receiving Stolen Goods: Safer”

by Janice Arnold via “The Canadian Jewish News

 Veteran newsman Morley Safer lashed out at the “greedy” international art trade for its refusal to co-operate with efforts to restitute Nazi-looted art. Safer, a senior correspondent with CBS television’s 60 Minutes, was the opening speaker at a two-day conference at Concordia University titled “Plundered Cultures/Stolen Heritage. . . . “


“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

by Audrey Graanoogst via “NL Times”

“The Royal House is investigating whether there is looted art in the art collection of the royal family. An expert will study the origin of the collection, belonging to the Royal Collections since 1933.  An independent expert with specific experience in this area will perform the research, announced the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). . . .”


“Vienna Museum Director Quits in Nazi Looted Art Row”

“Vienna Museum Director Quits in Nazi Looted Art Row”

By Georgina Prodhan via “Reuters

“The director of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, home to extensive collections of work by Austrian artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, has quit in a row over Nazi-looted art. Tobias Natter said he could no longer stay at the museum after some of its most senior staff joined a controversial new foundation associated with Klimt’s illegitimate son, film director Gustav Ucicky, whose works included Nazi propaganda.”

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“‘Monuments Men’ Film, About Nazi-Looted Art, Now Headed to Berlin”

“‘Monuments Men’ Film, About Nazi-Looted Art, Now Headed to Berlin”

by Deborah Vankin via “LA Times

“The Berlin Film Festival announced Friday that “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney’s upcoming World War II movie about the search for and recovery of Nazi-looted art, has been added to its lineup. The announcement comes shortly after the revelation that more than 1,400 artworks – by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others — were found in a Munich, Germany, apartment and are believed to include looted items as well as art the Nazis called “degenerate” that was removed from German museums. “

Kind of curious to see if the film is anything like the real history. The work that the real Monuments Men did was amazing enough, it hardly needs embellished.  Wonder what the reception in Germany will be like considering the recent Munich Art Discovery.