Art in Battle

Edited by Frode Sandvik and Erik Tonning. Foreword by Karin Hindsbo

ibidem Press

Art in Battle

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Pub Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9783838210643

256 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2017

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256 Pages

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Art in Battle

Edited by Frode Sandvik and Erik Tonning. Foreword by Karin Hindsbo

ibidem Press

The exhibition Art in Battle at KODE – Art Museums of Bergen portrays the battles over art initiated by Nazi policies for their European conquests. It examines propaganda exhibitions in occupied Norway as well as hitherto unseen art by soldiers stationed in Norway. This exceptional catalog documents this ground-breaking show and assembles leading experts on the history and ideology of Nazi cultural campaigns in both Germany and Norway to initiate a fresh discussion of the relationships between center and periphery within the art worlds of the Third Reich outside the overfamiliar dichotomy of "Degenerate" versus "Great German" art. Beyond historical re-assessment, this project also asks more pressingly: How do we encounter these battles over art today?
My sole objection to this exhibition is that there should have been more of it... Art in Battle is unique in a museum context. These questions have lost none of their urgency, for even in the absence of totalitarian ideologies, all museums and galleries are based around inclusions and exclusions of artworks and artists. This line of thought suggests vital, if uncomfortable, reflections. Kjetil Røed, Aftenposten

About the Author

Frode Sandvik is a curator at KODE—Art Museums of Bergen.

Erik Tonning is professor of English literature and culture and research director of the Modernism and Christianity project at the department of foreign languages at the University of Bergen. He is co-curator of the exhibition Art in Battle.

Line Daatland is an art historian and director of art and design at KODE – Art Museums of Bergen. She is part of the curatorial team for the exhibition Art in Battle.

James A. van Dyke is associate professor of modern European art history at the University of Missouri. He has published widely on the political history of modern art, with a particular focus on the relationship between art and anti-democratic ideology.

Terje Emberland is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo. He is the author of several books on fascism and the history of occupation in Norway.

Matthew Feldman is professor of contemporary history and Co-Director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University. He has published widely on historical fascism and contemporary far right movements.

Christian Fuhrmeister has been managing research projects at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich since 2003. His research and publications focus on art, power, and politics during the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, and the post-war period.

Anita Kongssund is a curator at the Documentation Archive of the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.

Gregory Maertz is professor of English and visual culture at St John's University in New York City. He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, most recently on American interventions in the post-World War Two German art scene. He is co-curator of the exhibition Art in Battle.

Dag Solhjell is an art sociologist. He was formerly senior lecturer in art communication at Telemark University College. He is the author of several studies on the history of art and politics in Norway.

Eirik Vassenden is professor of Scandinavian literature at the department of literary, linguistic and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen. He has published widely on both historical and contemporary Scandinavian literature.