Resistance is futile. Sculpture and politics in Germany 1919-1939

22 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus

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Speaker: Dr Nina Lübbren

For many years, art historians have divided German artists of the Nazi period 1933-1945 into 'good' resistance artists and 'bad' collaborators. My lecture asks to what extent it was even possible for artists to resist the the fascist state. More often than not, it was a matter of accommodation to circumstances, and in the case of the arbitrary policy shifts within National Socialist cultural authorities, artists' strategies could sometimes pay off and at other times, unpredictably back-fire. Sculpture plays a particularly sensitive role in the fascist political context because of its public and monumental character. Using the careers of selected sculptors, this lecture traces the contradictions and ambiguities inherent in artists' career trajectories from the Weimar Republic into totalitarianism.

Event Details

22 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Cambridge campus
LAB 109 (Harvard)

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