Milwaukee Event Calendar
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, WI 53202