Degenerate art



Thisvideo details the description of the burning of some of the modernart forms that were present in Berlin in 1937 after the Nazis tookover the government in 1933. According to the Nazis, this kind of artwas degenerate and it would have led to the failure of thegovernment. They wanted a government that oversees a ‘pure breed’without the indecently expressive artists, the Jews or the criminals.As such these art was seen as having enough power over the peoplethat the Nazis were not comfortable with.

Afterthe destruction of this art

Afterthe burning of this art, these artists lost their careers, some ofthem committed suicide whereas others were arrested (Peters, 2014).The name ‘degenerate art’ is used to describe the exhibitionwhere the Nazis put the modern expressive art on display. They wereput in a crowded manner, with some transcriptions on the walldescribing how vile these paintings were. Some were hang upside downand the implication of the comments on the wall is that thesepaintings were disrespectful to women and mothers.

Whatthe Nazis considered acceptable art

Accordingto the Hitler, the only acceptable art that was there was classicalrealistic art. According to him, this art represented the good thingsabout German culture and was therefore acceptable (Peters, 2014).Some of the un-German degenerate art, such as that of Pablo Picassoare currently represented in a museum in Berlin.

Thevideo basically summarizes this exhibition and Hitler’s reasons forhaving these paintings burnt down. It has brought out the importancethat Nazis associated with art such that they believed that suchexpressive art could deter their rule in the country.


Peters,O., Luttichau, M, Schlenker, I, Muller, K, Soika, A, Fulda, B, Stamm,K, Peters, O. (2014). Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art inNazi Germany 1937. Munchen: Prestel.