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Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate

Nov. 11, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate presents a narrative of the artist Margarete Heymann-Löbenstein-Marks (German, 1899–1990) through approximately forty artworks. The event was developed by the Milwaukee Art Museum with the cooperation of her daughter, Dr. Frances Marks. This is the first American exhibition to explore Grete Marks’s story, an emotionally tragic tale of a forward-looking artist who was crushed by the brutal circumstances of her political time. The Modern ceramics created within Grete’s Haël Werkstätten factory (Marwitz, 1923–33), with their machine precision, loose brushwork, and attention to vernacular German traditions, show the Bauhaus teaching’s thorough influence on the artist. In 1934 the German Nazi government forcibly purchased the Haël factory, and Grete’s artwork was publically derided as “degenerate.” Grete’s later ceramics made in England, arguably lacking the artistic vision of the earlier work, suggest that the magic and the promise of the bold young German artist was destroyed, like so much else, in World War II. Admission: $15 Adults, $12 Students, seniors and military members. Children 12 and under recieve free admission. The first Thursday of each month is Target Free First Thursday, and all individuals receive free admission.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Venue Description:
The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection comprises more than 20,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary and is housed in a trio of unique structures from Eero Saarinen's 1950s building through a David Kahler section added in the 1970s and the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion. The museum houses 15th to 20th century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, folk art, Haitian art and outsider art. MAM's cafe also offers great lunches in a luminous setting with lake views. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum's Web site for hours, admission fees and a full description of current exhibitions.
Milwaukee Art Museum