Retrospectives and Blockbusters - Important Art Exhibitions and their Influence

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Retrospectives and Blockbusters - Degenerate Art (Munich, 1937). 'Entartete Kunst' or Degenerate Art was the term Hitler's Nazi regime used to describe art works that were deemed to be un-German, Jewish, or Communist in nature, or works that were judged to be offensive to German identity. As part of official cultural policy, thousands of works considered to be 'degenerate' were removed from German museums and galleries in a series of official confiscation raids, the majority of which would never to return. In order to educate the German public's taste, a selection of works toured the country in a series of Degenerate Art exhibitions, of which the best known is the Munich exhibition of 1937. This session will examine how the organisers nurtured public hostility to the works and artists, the disposal of the works subsequently, and the consequences which cultural organisations worldwide are still dealing with to this day.

Course aim

This course introduces the Degenerate Art exhibition as a departure point for an examination of the social, historical and political circumstances of its conception, engagement and afterlife. If popular, this course will expand into a short series.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will appreciate how understanding can be shaped by public displays
  • You will gain greater understanding why this exhibition is considered as historically important
  • You will be able to appreciate how aspects of this exhibition inform curatorial policy in museums around the world
  • You will gain familiarity with online learning

How will I be taught?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in the Zoom online learning platform. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats, if you wish to do so.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Verbal feedback will be given during discussions. Any individual or formal feedback requirements or requests can be discussed with the tutor in advance.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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Retrospectives and Blockbusters - Important Art Exhibitions and their Influence

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