International Art Haul Relates to Shetland Show
05 November 2013
Entartet - created by
Kai Fischer in association with Vanishing Point Theatre Company and
CCA Glasgow,presented at Bonhoga by
In a bizarre twist of fate, the news this
week that German police have recovered 1,500 modernist
artworks confiscated as "degenerate art" by the Nazis
or taken from Jewish collectors in the 1930s and
1940s, comes just as Shetland Arts presents Entartet
at Bonhoga, a sound installation and performance project that
brings to life the 1937 exhibition that showcased such despised
With the Nazi's rise to power in the
1930s, modernist art was banned on the grounds it was 'un-German'
or Jewish Bolshevist in nature. To showcase this apparently
perverse and immoral work the work was toured around the country as
a kind of artistic freak show, with work by artists such as
Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Klee on display.
It is these works that have been
discovered by German police, stashed in a flat in Munich owned by
the 80 year old son of the original art dealer/collector who,
although half Jewish, was commissioned by The Nazis to sell the
'degenerate' art abroad. It seems he instead hid the work, claiming
later that it was destroyed in the bombing of
This incredible tale of the Degenerate Art
show of 1937 is brought into sharp focus in a five day exhibition
at Bonhoga. It takes the form of a sound installation piece with
additional performances, running from Wednesday 6th
until Sunday 10th November. Entartet creates a space to
imagine the images on display, the exhibition itself, and the
distant, brutal world in which a now infamous event could happen.
Using the original text from the guidebook to the 1937 Munich
exhibition 'Degenerate Art', Entartet explores both a historical
document and, through it, the very dark sides of populism and
While the exhibition installation runs in the main gallery
during normal opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday there will be
two performances within the exhibition that are free and open to
all. These are on Wednesday from 6-8pm and Thursday from 1-3pm.
During these times the performance can be joined or left at any
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