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4th September 2018

Eighty Years Ago, Both Sigmund Freud and the ‘Degenerate’ Art Exhibition Came to London

The Nazi’s degenerate art show in 1937 was a “venomous” attack on modern art. As a rebuttal, the same artists were featured more positively in a London in the following year. The details of the events are surprisingly dramatic. Art, while not directly a matter of life and death, was a primary tool for manipulating public opinion to accept the dark deeds that were shortly to occur.