“After The Wall: Art And Culture In Post-Communist Europe”

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

It was midsummer, 1937, when Hitler and Goebbels went to call on the infamous “Entartete Kunst,” or “Degenerate Art,” exhibition in Munich. In a memorable photograph of that “grip and grin,” a connoisseur wearing prim specs stands immediately behind and to the left of his Führer, pointing to something just outside the frame. Perhaps he has moved on to a fourth sculpture, describing its depraved and dishonest qualities, having already finished off the three we can see in the picture. The minister of propaganda is beyond pleased. He stands closest to the camera, still wearing his smart white overcoat, hat in hand. Folded into the broadside ideology propelled through this photo op, the minister put across an understated message: He wouldn’t be staying long enough to bother checking his hat and coat. Humiliation always gets to its point quickly. “Entartete Kunst” marked the advent of half a

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