|In July 2006, the Schleswig-Holstein-Haus in Schwerin, the capital of the state of
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania decided to exhibit about 70 works owned by Breker's
widow (1). Rudolf Conrades, the curator, said his goal was to provoke a discussion
about Breker, who died in 1991, and to break the taboo surrounding his art.
A lot of people from the Left and some good-thinkers from the Right argued it was a big
mistake and that Breker's works should not be exhibited as he was a fervent supporter
of the Nazi regime. One can not find a more stupid argument as Breker's works show
profusely his huge genius and genius must not be judged by little political standards
such as Right or Left.
Below are some images of this exhibit which were kindly sent to me by Frank Bügel , a
German citizen who lives in Schwerin. We thank him for his kind cooperation to the
promotion of XXth century's German Art.
|Arno Breker was born
in Elberfeld, Northern
German, on July 19th,
1900. In his late teens
be began the study of
anatomy and at age
20 began attending
Academy of Arts
where he began his
study of sculpture and
successful art career.
His work between
1933 and 1942 was
most noted for its
classical approach to
the human form which
depicts men and
women in timeless
|So some glorious
assholes would like to
forbid us to look at those
beauties made during
the War because Arno
Breker also glorified the
Nazi obession for
strenght and virility ?
Everybody now knows
that Hitler was a neuter
and impotent, they
should understand that
Breker only glorified
|In 1970 he was commissioned by the king of Morocco to produce work for the United Nations Building in Casablanca,
but the work was destroyed. Many other portrait works followed, including Anwar Sadat and Konrad Adenauer. Breker's
rehabilitation continued, culminating in plans for the creation of a Breker museum, funded by the Bodenstein family, who
set aside the castle of Nörvenich, between Aachen and Cologne for the purpose. The Arno Breker Museum was
inaugurated in 1985.
Breker's rehabilitation led to backlashes, including controversy in Paris when some of his works were exhibited at the
Pompidou Center in 1981. In the same year anti-Breker demonstrations accompanied an exhibition in Berlin. Breker's
admirers insisted that he had never been a supporter of Nazi ideology, but had simply accepted their patronage.
Breker's last major work was a sculpture of Alexander the Great. After his death in 1990, the Viennese painter
Ernst Fuchs said: ""With the demise of Arno Breker an epoch in the sculpture of our century comes to an end. Breker was
a true prophet of the beautiful. He has shaped, time and again -- in the classical tradition-- the beauty of the image of
man, as God had intended it, in a manner of unequaled mastership." It is incomprehensible that still today some idiots
continue to be unable to see the greatness and the beauty of Breker's works to stick like vampires to his Nazi image.
On saturday 12th August a group of German anarchists gathered near the House of Arts in Schwerin Germany and then
proceeded into the exhibit itsel to protest the whole concept of the show deeming it was a "fascist" exhibition and that
fascism was not an opinion but a crime. Then the wrapped up every sculpture of the exhibit with toilet papers or
paper-rolls. They required the exhibit to be closed down but the Curator of the House of Arts refused to be intimidated
and decided the show would go on. You can watch this disruption of the exhibit by clicking on ARNO BREKER EXHIBIT