Degenerate Art-Catalogue CC-licensed online

Das Victoria & Albert-Museum in London hat den kompletten Katalog der Entarteten Kunst der Nazis unter CC-Lizenz online gestellt. Bei dem Exemplar handelt es sich um die einzige vollständige Ausgabe, die nach der Ausstellung und anschließender Vernichtung der Arbeiten erstellt wurde.

'Entartete Kunst' (or 'Degenerate Art') was a derogatory term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany. An exhibition entitled 'Entartete Kunst' opened in Munich in 1937 displaying works deemed to be ‘an insult to German feeling’ and went on to tour the country. The 'degenerate' verdict applied to virtually all German modernist art, but works by internationally renowned artists such as Picasso were also seized.

The V&A holds the only known copy of a complete inventory of 'Entartete Kunst' confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany, mostly during 1937 and 1938. The list of more than 16,000 artworks was produced by the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) in 1942 or thereabouts. It seems that the inventory was compiled as a final record, after the sales and disposals of the confiscated art had been completed in the summer of 1941. The inventory’s two typescript volumes provide crucial information about the provenance, exhibition history and fate of each artwork.

'Entartete Kunst' (via Hyperallergic, Bild oben: Ecce Homo von Lovis Corinth, 1925)