174 | Why should a Jewish sculptor and his family have to depart suddenly and race around to the other side of the world? How and why did the Germans integrate Austria into their Third Reich? The answers are all too obvious, and it would be invidious, wouldn't it, to say the author was hiding something or softening the blow? Other writers suggest that the whole art movement of the Secessionists and the Wiener Werkstätte "collapsed" after the fall of the Hapsburg Empire, the shrinking of Vienna to a provincial city of a tiny country, the change in styles, fashions, and psychological outlook on the world. Looking at the illustrations in the last fifty to sixty pages of this catalogue, however, something far more sinister and "degenerate" appears, and what would be truly invidious would be to blame the victims-- the Jewish artists, patrons, collectors, and teachers of art--and accept that the Austrians were the victims of Hitler's aggression. Nevertheless, we are reviewing a catalogue and the museum exhibition it celebrates. The major and the minor essays offer pertinent and insightful definitions and descriptions of the key topics displayed in the exhibition: the Vienna Secession, the Wiener Werkstätte,
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Dec 30, 2013
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