Divinely Gifted: National Socialism's Favoured Artists in the Federal Republic
Aug 27 - Dec 5 2021
A fascinating exhibition located in the IM Pei wing of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Divinely Gifted shines a light on the many artists from the National Socialist art scene who continued to work in Germany after 1945. This wasn’t an underground survival model either, far from it; names such as Willy Meller, Richard Scheibe, Hermann Kaspar and Paul Mathias Padua taught at academies, received lucrative commissions from the government and more. The name of this exhibition comes from the so-called Divinely Gifted List, compiled on behalf of Hitler and Goebbels in 1944, and this story tells the tale of many careers in the Federal Republic and Austria, their thematic choices and how their work was received. Fascinating stuff.