What battles were fought over art in Nazi Germany, 1933–1945? How did artists respond to the Nazi regime? How was art used as propaganda during the German occupation in Norway?
ART IN BATTLE takes as its starting-point the exhibition, ‘Kunst og ukunst’ [‘Art and non-art’] in Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen in 1942–43. It was modelled on two different types of official art shows in National Socialist Germany: The annual ‘Great German Art’ exhibitions from 1937 on, and the exhibitions ‘Entartete Kunst’ in Munich in 1937 and 1938. These exhibitions showcased official ideology under Hitler and were the principal manifestations of a well-organised policy that could deploy art as a political instrument from the centre of the Reich to its peripheries. By examining connections between ide- ology, politics and artistic expressions in these concrete manifestations, the conference looks at how art can function in different ways in a contemporary context, and how art is written into or excluded from history.
Line Daatland KODE Gregory MaertzSt. John’s University, New York Erik Tonning University of Bergen James Van Dyke University of Missouri Peter Chametzky University of South Carolina Christian Fuhrmeister Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich Terje Emberland Holocaust Centre, University of Oslo Despina Stratigakos University of Buffalo Anita Kongssund National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo Dag Solhjell Art Sociologist, Dr. philos. Eirik Vassenden University of Bergen
RESPONDENT: Matthew Feldman Teesside University
KODE - Art Museum of Bergen
'Modernism and Christianity' project, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen
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