ADFAS Perth - Art and the Third Reich (Replacement lecture)
Leigh Capel will look into Hitler’s often overlooked artistic background; A frustrated artist in the traditional school rejected due to the rise of Modern Art in the early 20th Century. Hitler’s rejection fueled his need to eradicate his new Modern movement once he and his Third Reich came into power. Leigh follows Hitler’s attempt to influence taste and trends through his conquest to acquire some of the most famous examples of Classical Art for his self-curated ‘Führermuseum’ in Linz, and takes a closer look at the plundering and destruction of a generation’s worth of art Hitler deemed ‘degenerate’ (the infamous, and important ‘Entartete Kunst’ Exhibition). Leigh will analyse some of the most important artworks and artists lost in Hitler’s war on Modern Art, the Monuments Men & the search for the stolen art, and the aftermath & impact on Post War art. He will also discuss the impact and influence of the Holocaust on Post War and migrant art in Australia.
State Library of WA, theatrette
25 Francis Road, Northbridge WA 6003