Nazi Exhibition Design and Modernism

Nazi Exhibition Design and Modernism

by Michael Tymkiw


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A new and challenging perspective on Nazi exhibition design

In one of the most comprehensive analyses ever written on the subject, Michael Tymkiw reassesses the relationship between Nazi exhibition design and modernism. While National Socialist exhibitions are widely understood as platforms for attacking modern art, they also served as sites of surprising formal experimentation among artists, architects, and others, who often drew upon and reconfigured the practices and principles of modernism when designing exhibition spaces and the objects within. In this book, Tymkiw reveals that a central motivation behind such experimentation was the interest in provoking what he calls "engaged spectatorship"—attempts to elicit experiences among exhibition-goers that would pique their desire to become involved in wider processes of social and political change. 

For historians of art, architecture, performance, and other forms of visual culture, Nazi Exhibition Design and Modernism unravels long-held assumptions, particularly concerning the ideological stakes of participation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517900571
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Tymkiw is lecturer in art history at the University of Essex.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Experimental Exhibition Design under National Socialism
Part I. Entangled in Debates on Modern Art and Architecture
1. Falling into Line: Three Early Experiments in Visualizing Collectivity Formation
2. Reconfiguring Expressionism: Otto Andreas Schreiber and the Mass Production of Factory Exhibitions
Part II. The Persistence of Formal Dialectics
3. Photomurals after Pressa
4. Fragmentation and the “Jewish-Bolshevist Enemy”
Epilogue: German Exhibition Design after National Socialism

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