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Purging the Degenerate

Neil MacGregor focuses on how the Nazis attacked art they viewed as degenerate, including a vase created by Grete Marks, which was condemned by Goebbels.

Neil MacGregor examines how the Nazis attacked art they viewed as 'entartet' - degenerate.

He charts how Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, led a process designed to purify all German culture, including books, music, paintings and pottery.

The programme focuses on a vase created by Grete Marks, with an evident debt to Chinese ceramics, and a loose brush-splashed glaze suggestive of modernist painting. Goebbels condemned this vase in his newspaper Der Angriff - The Attack. Grete Marks, who was Jewish and had trained at the Bauhaus, left Germany for England.

Producer Paul Kobrak.

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15 minutes

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Fri 31 Oct 2014 00:30

Vase © Estate of Margarete Marks. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2014

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  • Thu 30 Oct 2014 09:45
  • Thu 30 Oct 2014 19:45
  • Fri 31 Oct 2014 00:30

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