Visitors look at works in the Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich, which opened on July 19, 1937. Pictured are Lovis Corinth's Ecce homo (second from left) and Franz Marc's Tower of the Blue Horses (wall at right), next to Wilhelm Lehmbruck's sculpture Kneeling Woman.
More than two million visitors attended the widely advertised Degenerate Art exhibition from July 19 to November 30, 1937, in Munich. The show crowded together 740 artworks by some 120 artists, accompanied by labels that disparaged both the artworks and the artists who made them. On view in this room were works by German artists such as Lovis Corinth, Franz Marc, and Wilhelm Lehmbruck. Three casts of Lehmbruck’s sculpture Kneeling Woman were removed from German museums in 1937; the version shown in this room had originally belonged to Munich’s city museum—today its whereabouts remain unknown. MoMA purchased one of the casts of Kneeling Woman in 1939.