8 AND THE SHOAH OF ART ‘ENTARTETE KUNST’
The exhibition was born from the personal story of the German Jewish artist Otto Freundlich
who, despite being one of the fathers of modern German art, was severely persecuted in the
field of art, ending his life in the Majdanek extermination camp.
The exhibition also extends to other artists who suffered persecution during the Nazi regime, as
Hitler had categorised the works of Jewish artists and his opponents as Entartete Kunst,
Degenerate Art, and in July 1937 made a public exhibition of them in order to plagiarise German
culture and proceed to destroy thousands of works by famous artists who were considered
degenerate artists, either because of their art or because of their Jewishness.
In parallel, an exhibition space will also be dedicated to some works from the antagonist exhibition
to the Entartete Kunst, the ‘Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung’, which the regime wanted in order
to highlight wh a t art was considered healthy and exemplary for the German people.
One part of the exhibition is dedicated to two contemporary artists:
Amina Barosi (SVA Collective) with a sculptural installation entitled ‘Kairos vs Kronos’,
dedicated to and freely inspired by the work ‘New Man’ by Otto Freundlich (a sculpture that had
been chosen by the regime for the cover image of the official catalogue of the exhibition held in
Munich in July ’37).
Luciano Caggianello with three conceptual, paper and one digital installation works from the OAH
At the end of the exhibition halls, it is possible to stop at a corner dedicated to the public and
to Artificial Intelligence for a free interpretation of the New Man.
The exhibition is curated by Prof. Edda Fogarollo, lecturer in history and didactics of the Shoah in
collaboration with Open House Art of Ivrea – Turin.
Saturday 28 October will be the inauguration
10.00 a.m. Opening/Opening
11 a.m. Introduction to the exhibition by Prof. Edda Fogarollo, lecturer in history and didactics of
11.30 a.m. Speech by Prof. Silvia Guetta University of Florence, Director and Founder of the
Postgraduate Course in Didactics of the Shoah.
12.30 p.m. “Visual Performance” by and with Mara Risitano, actress, writer and founder, together
with her husband Matteo Mo, of the S139 art movement.
Texts written by Mara Risitano, inspired by the works in the exhibition.
2 p.m. Presentation of OAH by Monica Cremaschi (gallery owner) and her contemporary artists.
2.30 p.m. Historical introduction to the exhibition by Prof. Edda Fogarollo, lecturer in history and
didactics of the Shoah.
Wednesday 1 November Meeting with city, regional and national institutions
10 a.m. Opening/Opening
11.00 a.m. Music of Jewish melodies for solo violin – with Maestro Giovanni Cardillo 11.30 a.m.
Introduction to the exhibition by Prof. Edda Fogarollo, lecturer in history and didactics of the
12.00 Speeches and institutional greetings
12.30 p.m. Speech by Prof. Francesco Berti – University of Padua “Memory and Reflections of
the Buffarini Guidi Circular of 30 November 1943 and its dramatic consequences for the Jews
of the Kingdom of Italy”.