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Nazi art is provocative subject of next Arts Society Bishop’s Stortford meeting





The Fate of Art in the Nazi Era is the provocative title of The Arts Society Bishop’s Stortford’s next lecture.

Colin Pink is the speaker on Tuesday June 11, at the group’s monthly meeting at South Mill Arts, and a bumper audience of up to 100 is anticipated.

In 1937 the Nazis staged the Degenerate Art Exhibition (Die Ausstellung “Entartete Kunst”), ridiculing modern art and labelling it a Jewish and Bolshevik conspiracy to undermine German identity.

Colin Pink is the speaker for June’s lecture, The Fate of Art in the Nazi Era
Colin Pink is the speaker for June’s lecture, The Fate of Art in the Nazi Era

In his talk, Colin will examine the complexities of Nazi art policy and what happened to modernist artists during this period.

Many were forced into exile, some were tortured and imprisoned, others sought to reach an accommodation with the authorities and some retreated into seclusion to escape persecution.

They include Max Beckmann, Karl Schwesig and Felix Nussbaum, who fled to Holland and Belgium, and the Hel Hesten group of Danish artists, who succeeded in creating avant-garde art under the nose of the Nazis in occupied Copenhagen.

Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels views the Degenerate Art Exhibition
Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels views the Degenerate Art Exhibition

Colin will also scrutinise the rarely seen work of Nazi artists such as painters Adolf Ziegler, Werner Peiner and Adolf Wissel, sculptors Arno Breker and Josef Thorak and filmmakers Leni Riefenstahl and Fritz Hippler, and look at how, despite closing down the Bauhaus art school, elements of its signature style were utilised by Nazi designers.

At their May meeting, members enjoyed journalist and author Tessa Boase’s lecture Housekeepers Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House. The most senior of servants, the housekeeper carried a family’s secrets with her to the grave.

Tessa used old letters, secret diaries and neglected archives to paint a picture of the lives of housekeepers at three grand English houses as the 20th century dawned.

The Arts Society Bishop’s Stortford was founded in 1976 and meets monthly at South Mill Arts on the second Tuesday of the month, with coffee from 10am and the lecture starting at 10.40am.

Tessa Boase’s May lecture to The Arts Society Bishop’s Stortford was Housekeepers Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
Tessa Boase’s May lecture to The Arts Society Bishop’s Stortford was Housekeepers Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House

In addition to monthly lectures, the society runs two special interest days, in January and August, and organises visits throughout the year.

For more details email info@tasbs.org.uk or see www.tasbs.org.uk.



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