Wassily Kandinsky Unbenannte Improvisation II,
Wassily Kandinsky, Unbenannte Improvisation II, 1914 ©

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Foto: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam 

Sunday 07 October 2018 to Monday 14 January 2019

Looking back at "Defending 'Degenerate' German Art"

The year 2018 will mark the 80th anniversary of the 1938 London exhibition 'Twentieth Century German Art', the largest international response to the National Socialist campaign against “degenerate art”. This exhibition contained over 300 examples of modern German art – by exactly those artists facing persecution in Germany – in an attempt to defend them on a world stage. The show was also one of the most significant émigré projects of the period. Works were sent to London from scores of Germans in exile: from collectors, dealers and artists based across Europe, at various stages of their flight from the Third Reich.

This October, the exhibition London 1938: Defending 'Degenerate' German Art at the Liebermann Villa in Berlin’s Wannsee will bring together a  sample of the original London artworks for the first time, together with documentary information regarding their lenders in 1938, the reasons for their loans, and the impact of the exhibition in both Britain and Germany. 

From Kandinsky to Liebermann and Klee - see some of the most inspiring works that were classified as "degenerate art" in Berlin!

  • When: 7 October 2018 - 14 January 2019
  • Where: Liebermann Villa, Colomierstraße 3, 14109 Berlin, Germany
  • Tickets:  8€ / 5€ (reduced)

We are delighted to cooperate with the Liebermann Villa as part of our UK/Germany 2018 season and to support artists from the UK and Germany in providing them with the opportunity to experience the exhibition and create their own response work. Watch this space to learn more about how they experienced the exhibition!

UK/Germany 2018