- 07.10.2018 11:00
The year 2018 will mark the 80th anniversary of the 1938 London exhibition Twentieth Century German Art, the largest international response to the National Socialist campaign against “degenerate art”. This London exhibition contained over 300 examples of modern German art – by exactly those artists facing persecution in Germany – in an attempt to defend them on a world stage. The show was also one of the most significant émigré projects of the period. Works were sent to London from scores of Germans in exile: from collectors, dealers and artists based across Europe, at various stages of their flight from the Third Reich.
The painter Max Liebermann was among the best-represented artists in Twentieth Century German Art, the show containing at least 22 of his works. His widow Martha Liebermann was also among the lenders to London. She sent Liebermann’s Portrait of Albert Einstein to the exhibition for sale.
In the autumn of 2018, the Liebermann Villa will tell the story of Twentieth Century German Art. The exhibition – London 1938: Defending "degenerate" German art – will bring together a representative sample of the original London artworks, together with documentary information regarding their lenders in 1938, the reasons for their loans, and the impact of the exhibition in both Britain and Germany.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration Wiener Library in London, one of the world’s leading archives relating to the Holocaust and National Socialist persecution, and is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.