Tonning, Erik (ed.)

Art in Battle

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The exhibition ART IN BATTLE deals with battles over art initiated by Nazi policies and European conquests on several arenas. Expounding the problems of the overfamiliar dichotomy of “Degenerate“ versus “Great German“ art, it examines propaganda exhibitions in occupied Norway as well as hitherto unseen art by soldiers stationed in Norway.
This exceptional catalog both documents this ground-breaking show and assembles leading experts on the history and ideology of Nazi cultural campaigns in both Germany and Norway to initiate a fresh discussion of the relationships between center and periphery within the artworlds of the Third Reich. Beyond historical re-assessment, this project also asks more pressingly: How do we encounter these battles over art today?

256 Seiten. mit zahlr. farb. Abb. 16 x 24 cm. Paperback. 2017
ISBN 978-3-8382-1014-8

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“My sole objection to this exhibition is that there should have been more of it […] . Art in Battle is unique in a museum context. […] These questions have lost none of their urgency, for even in the absence of totalitarian ideologies, all museums and galleries are based around inclusions and exclusions of artworks and artists. This line of thought suggests vital, if uncomfortable, reflections.“
Kjetil Røed, Aftenposten, 4 September 2015

“A rarely beautiful and well-designed book. […] The artworks are presented in unexpected ways, based around their presentation in the exhibition. […] A superb piece of work, and a book that no self-respecting bookshelf should be without.“
Statement of the Grafill-prize Jury for the award for Most Beautiful Art Book of the Year, 31 March 2016