View Full Version : Retrospective on "Hitler's Favorite Sculptor" Arno Breker Stirs Debate

Sunday, July 16th, 2006, 03:34 PM
A retrospective on Arno Breker will open in Schwerin on July 22. But the show is already stirring controversy because of claims it's an attempt to rehabilitate the artist described as Hitler's favorite sculptor.

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006, 05:35 PM
These, as well as other sculptures commissioned by the Nazis to adorn the stadium built for the 1936 Olympics, became the subject of renewed controversy ahead of the recently-concluded soccer World Cup. Jewish activists called -- unsuccessfully -- for several of the most prominent sculptures to be covered up, lest they offend guests attending matches in the stadium.
So, they have no problem with using the stadium that National Socialism built, just the sculptures? That's absurd :thumbdown.

The problem here lies in the inability of viewers to disassociate the artist from his art. Just as a statement of truth is not invalidated just because the one speaking is disreputable, art should not be censored, nor is its aesthetic value decreased because one disagrees with views held by the artist.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Saturday, August 5th, 2006, 06:27 AM
I would describe Breker's work as neo-Hellenistic. He used bodies in motion as well as any Greek. The difference was that he used German models and he was a Hitler favorite. So was Wagner. Hitler had good taste.