Morse Museum explores looted Nazi art in film series – Orlando Sentinel

There are so many different aspects to art – the work of women artists, the difference between American and European art, or current trends among artists compared to more classical approaches.Next month, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is exploring art from a different historic perspective: Nazi art.Or, more specifically, looted Nazi art.“Hitler had plans to build his own museum,” said Betsy Peters, the museum’s curator of education. “He had those plans even before the war broke out. His idea was to basically create a museum that would have no other rival, that would be the greatest museum in the world.”Adolf Hitler’s way of doing that, she added, was to fill the museum with great works of art from all across Europe – that was stolen from the victims of the Holocaust.“He was taking from the great art collection of a lot of families who were forced to give up their art to save their lives, and the museum was supposed to show Germany’s superiority over other countries and nations,” Peters said.The public can learn more about looted Nazi art through the museum’s Brown Bag Matinee Series, which begins on Friday, Oct. 16, with the first of a two-part documentary on how the Third Reich looted of some of the greatest European artworks. That included the Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.On Oct. 16, Morse will show “Hitler’s Museum, Part One,” and then on Oct. 23, “Hitler’s Museum, Part Two.” Both films are about 50 minutes long.The final documentary, on Oct. 30, is “Adele’s Wish,” the story behind one woman’s quest to recover Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in World War II. “This is a three part series,” Peters said. “After it talks about the Nazi looting beginning in France and Holland, it goes on to talk about the struggle between the American and Soviet reaction. We wanted to repatriate the art and find that art the Nazis had looted, and of course Stalin and the Soviets wanted the art because they felt they deserved it because of what the Nazis had done to them.”

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