German art between the wars

Nazi visual culture

Visual symbolism was important to the Nazis, and Hitler himself had been a painter, so it is not surprising that they dedicated significant resources promoting their ideals through art.

1933 - 1945

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Paul Troost, House of (German) Art
Paul Troost, House of (German) Art

The first of many buildings commissioned by Hitler, this was meant to seem timeless, like ancient ruins.

Art in Nazi Germany
Art in Nazi Germany

The Nazis organized two exhibitions in 1937: one glorified “Aryan” art, and the other condemned everything else.

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