Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Professor Michael FitzGerald


In 1937, the Nazis curated the Entartete Kunst, which was a propagandistic exhibition created by Joseph Goebbels to discredit avant-garde art in Germany. The exhibition took place alongside another show, the pro-National Socialist Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung (Great German Art Exhibition). This paper is an depth look into why the Nazis hated the avant-garde and the threat that they felt it posed to their Aryan Society, the vital role it played in their overall agenda, their activities to discredit the art in the eyes of the German public, and how their plan against modernism eventually backfired.


Honors Senior Thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History.