Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2015     Vol 40     No 2
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      UDK 75.049:616(430)"1933/1945"
COBISS.SR-ID 216884748

ISSN 0350-2899. - Vol. 40, No. 2 (2015), pp. 92-96.

Original paper

Representations of illnesses and invalidity as ‘degenerate art’ in Nazi Germany
Predstave bolesti i invaliditeta kao „degenerisana umetnost” u nacističkoj Nemačkoj

Ada Vlajić
Muzej istorije Jugoslavije


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Representations of illnesses and invalidity, as well as other aspects of the human life, have always been a part of art. However, different epochs had different approaches to invalidity and illness and in some these aspects were more frequent then in others. People with different types of invalidity and illnesses were very present in Weimar art and represented the artists’ way of criticising German society after I World War. The artists of the 1920s in Germany and other countries started being accepted by the public and artistic audiences. The artistic climate for these artists and their works in Germany greatly changed when the National Socialist Party came into power in 1933. Many of the avant-garde works were labelled as ‘degenerate art’ and were ridiculed and destroyed or, fortunately, sold. The image of Arian German society that the Nazi party were trying hard to create had no room for people with invalidity and their representations in art. Having been characterised as weakness of society, these people were became unacceptable and that kind of weakness could by no means be found in the Nazi Germany art scene.
Key words: art, illness, invalidity, Nazism, Germany

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian
      Corresponding Address:
Ada Vlajić,
Kovačeva 8/7, 11000 Beograd, Srbija.
Paper received: 6.4.2015
Paper accepted: 31.5.2015
Paper Internet issues: 21.8.2015
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