The Berlin Sculpture Find.
'Degenerate Art' in Bomb Debris
Directly opposite Berlin's town hall, the Rotes Rathaus, in the city's historical centre, eleven sculptures from the high modernist period were unearthed during archaeological finds conducted in 2010. This spectacular find throws new light on the fate of the artworks that were removed from the museums as part of the Nazi's 'Degenerate Art' campaign, subsequently ridiculed in Nazi-orchestrated exhibitions and which had remained missing to this day.
The works, once thought irretrievably lost, will be placed on show in the Neues Museum from 9 November 2010 on the Museum Island Berlin. They include:
• Otto Baum, Girl Standing, 1930
• Karl Ehlers, A standing robed figure with a bunch of grapes, 1933
• Otto Freundlich, Head, 1925
• Karl Knappe, Hagar, 1923
• Marg Moll, Dancer, around 1930
• Emy Roeder, Pregnant Woman, 1918
• Edwin Scharff, Portrait of the Actress Anni Mewes, 1917/1921
• Gustav Heinrich Wolff, Robed Figure Standing, 1925
• Naum Slutzky, Female Bust, before 1931
The find also includes some still unidentified works that depict:
• a male torso
• a male head
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication (available in German) that gives details of the circumstances surrounding the find, the artists and works:
Der Berliner Skulpturenfund. 'Entartete Kunst' im Bombenschutt
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Matthias Wemhoff.
Schnell und Steiner, Regensburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-7954-2463-3
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