July 1937, Adolf Hitler's Nazi party mounted an exhibition of confiscated
art, "Entartete Kunst", meaning "Degenerate Art".
the work of contemporary artists such as Max Beckman, Emil Nolde,
Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, and over 200 others.
exhibition was intended to show the public the insanity, atrocity,
and depravity of the modern art movement. Artists
included in the show, many of whom are now recognized as modern masters,
were depicted as demented, deranged, and subhuman.
March 20th, 1939, the Degenerate Art Commission ordered over one thousand
paintings and almost four thousand watercolors and drawings burned
in the courtyard of a fire station in Berlin. Other works were auctioned
off to the highest bidder. The final solution for artwork deemed unacceptable
for public consumption was complete.