Verboten/Forbidden art at University of Arizona Museum of Art

Expulsion from Paradise by Christian Rohlfs, courtesy of UA Museum of Art
“Expulsion from Paradise” by Christian Rohlfs, courtesy of UA Museum of Art

November 12 (2016) – March 12 (2017 at UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Rd. Tucson, on University of  Arizona campus

“Conceived by Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi party held the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Munich in 1937. An ideological move intended to censor and dismantle the individual creativity of modern artists, the exhibition was wildly popular and featured more than 650 artworks and books that were confiscated from museums. To enhance the humiliation effect, the works were hung haphazardly and accompanying texts belittled and criticized the artists. More than 3 million people saw the show as it traveled to twelve other cities. After the exhibit, most of the works were either sold at embarrassingly low prices or destroyed.

Some artists were able to recover from this humiliating event while others’ careers and lives were permanently destroyed. This exhibition features work by the same artists who were included in the Entartete Kunst exhibition, such as: Erich Heckel, Georg Grosz, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Max Pechstein, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.”

Hours & Admission:

Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closed University holidays.

$8 – General Admission

$6.50 – Seniors 65+ and groups of 10 or more

Free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. My Native German professor husband and I went to see this exhibit today: very powerful, beautiful works of art — mostly expressionistic, opposite of the Nazi “ideals of classicism”. These so-called “degenerate” works (oil, woodcuts, etc) were often confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis, but 350 were displayed publicly in the Entartete Kunst exhibit mentioned above. Loved the works by Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and one by Pablo Picasso “Franco’s Dream and Lie”, 1937. My husband’s favorite is “The Volunteers”woodcut by Kathie Kollwitz, 1923. He said that the Nazis were definitely afraid of independent thinking and artists critical of Hitler and his regime. Many of these art professors lost their jobs in academia, many fled to U.K. and America. Artist Max Ernest later moved to Arizona and painted “Arizona Nightingale” (on display) in 1943.

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