In 1937 Nazis gathered up the best Expressionist art of the era and displayed it to mock and cast shame on the artists. Thousands of artworks were destroyed because of Hitler’s passion for creating a “new,” “pure” Germany by reclaiming his version of traditional culture and by repressing modern movements.
The paintings were hung crookedly and upside down, and phrases were painted around the works that mocked and made fun of the art. We based the design of our show off of the original Degenerate Art Show. Instead of mocking and cruel sayings, we asked the (de)Generate Painters to come up with phrases that contrasted those of the Nazis and used those to create new and inspiring sayings instead.