Emil Nolde exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Emil Nolde exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin is hosting “Emil Nolde. A German Legend. The Artist during the Nazi Regime.” The exhibition is on view through September 15, 2019.

Emil Nolde (1867–1956) was a German-Danish Expressionist, and arguably the most famous “degenerate artist.” No other artist had as many works confiscated, nor were their works so much displayed in the early ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibitions of 1937/38. This exhibition brings together more than 100 original works by Nolde, some of which have not previously been shown to the public.

“How do Nolde’s ostracism and professional ban fit with our knowledge that he was a Nazi Party member and that he kept faith with the regime until the end of the war? The art critic Adolf Behne underlined Nolde’s special status on the occasion of the artist’s eightieth birthday in 1947, by pointedly referring to him as a ‘degenerate ‘degenerate.’ It has long been known that Emil Nolde was a party member. Yet no previous exhibition has thoroughly examined how this relates to his art, or how the historical circumstances during National Socialism affected his artistic production,” the museum says.

“Emil Nolde. A German Legend. The Artist during the Nazi Regime” is a result of a multi-year academic research project. This research has resulted in the analyzation of the extensive holdings of the Nolde estate in Seebull, and further, so much new material has been uncovered in this study, that the “conventional Nolde narrative” had to be revised.

The exhibition alongside the rarely seen original paintings, displays references to Nolde’s writings and in the historical context of their creation. These aids in revealing the multi-layered relationships between paintings, the artist’s self-presentation, his ostracism, and the development of his legend.

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