Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate presents a narrative of the artist Margarete Heymann-Löbenstein-Marks (German, 1899–1990) through approximately forty artworks, and was developed by the Milwaukee Art Museum with the cooperation of her daughter, Dr. Frances Marks.
This is the first American exhibition to explore Grete Marks’s story, an emotionally tragic tale of a forward-looking artist who was crushed by the brutal circumstances of her political time.
The Modern ceramics created within Grete’s Haël Werkstätten factory (Marwitz, 1923–33), with their machine precision, loose brushwork, and attention to vernacular German traditions, show the Bauhaus teaching’s thorough influence on the artist. In 1934 the German Nazi government forcibly purchased the Haël factory, and Grete’s artwork was publically derided as “degenerate.” Grete’s later ceramics made in England, arguably lacking the artistic vision of the earlier work, suggest that the magic and the promise of the bold young German artist was destroyed, like so much else, in World War II.
Nov 1 | The Rape of Europa (2006)
documentary that examines Nazi Germany’s plundering of Europe’s great
works of art during World War II, and Allied efforts to minimize the
damage. Talkback with Winson Chu, assistant professor of history,
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Dec 6 | The Train (1964)
The Train is
set in 1944, when a German colonel loads a train with French art
treasures to send to Germany, and the Resistance must stop it without
damaging the cargo. Talkback with Carl Bogner, senior film lecturer,
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and director of Milwaukee’s LGBT Film
& Video Festival.
All begin at 6:15pm
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