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PRINT December 1975

Art of the Third Reich: Documents of Oppression

THE ART OF FASCIST GERMANY, assembled for the first time in 30 years, and by extreme left-wingers with pedagogic intentions: the result had to be both curious and controversial. And it was. I doubt that any art exhibition in West Germany has ever aroused such publicity and hostility. The apoplectic opening was over a year ago at the Kunstverein in Frankfurt on Main, and since then, the exhibition, entitled “Art of the Third Reich; Documents of Oppression,” toured West Germany, following record-breaking attendance in Frankfurt.

The Neo-Marxist work group responsible for the event consisted of Dr. Georg Bussmann, the director of the Kunstverein, and members of the University of Frankfurt’s art history department, among them Berthold Hinz, author of the recently published Die Malerei im Deutschen Faschismus. Not only the material they selected, but the method of presentation managed to offend

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