Episode #31: Season Finale, Art and WWII- The Long Shadow (Season 2, Episode 11)
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World War Two was the bloodiest, biggest, and most destructive war of all time, decimating entire countries and taking the lives of millions. And as we have learned over the last 10 episodes of the ArtCurious Podcast this season, art was affected in many different ways due to the impact of the war. Art was used to document the experience of soldiers in battle; created to shape public opinion, values, and inspire the war effort; and to fight the enemy. It was a failed dream of Adolf Hitler, leading us to ask how art could have changed the course of history. And it was a victim in many ways, destroyed, looted, or impossibly altered during the course of events. But after the war ended in 1945 and the dust settled throughout Europe and other theaters of war, the effect of war on the art world lessened and the connections between the two softened. Right? Actually, that’s not what happened at all. And the effects of the Second World War are still being felt throughout the art world today.
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"Cold War Echo" by Kai Engel is licensed under BY 4.0; "Temple+1" by Chuzausen is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Told You So" by Ketsa is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "still" by Dlay is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Our Future" by Sergey Cheremisinov is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; Ad music: "Off to Osaka" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under BY 3.0
Want more art-historical goodness? Check out the links below for our sources and further reading, and purchase any item from Barnes and Noble via our links (on our blog):
PBS NewsHour: Why Finding Nazi-Looted Art is 'a Question of Justice'
Artsy: Post-War American Art
New York Times: Returning the Spoils of World War II, Taken by Americans
Hyperallergic: 10 of the Most Infamous Art Destructions of World War II
New York Times: Hidden Treasures of Nazis’ Art Dealer Finally Go on Display
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