With about 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the contradictory nature of the time between 1933 and 1944

ART FOR NO ONE. 1933–1945

4 March – 6 June 2022

Between 1933 and 1945, the National Socialist regime controlled artistic work in Germany. Particularly artists who were persecuted based on their religion, descent, or political views fled into exile due to threats from the government. But what happened to the artists who remained in the country?

In the large overview exhibition ART FOR NO ONE. 1933–1945, the SCHIRN  is showing the different strategies and scopes of action employed by artists who did not seek or find any affiliation with the National Socialist regime. Based on 14 selected biographies, the exhibition shows that the artistic work of this time was determined by more than just apathy, standstill, and hopelessness. Focusing more intently on one’s own oeuvre, engaging in creative work despite the scarcity of materials, exploring existential themes, and adapting content were just some of the reactions to National Socialist art policy. Without defining any uniform stylistic development, the exhibition sheds light on the contradictory nature of this time, citing individual cases and showing about 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs. The artists represented are Willi Baumeister, Otto Dix, Hans Grundig, Lea Grundig, Werner Heldt, Hannah Höch, Marta Hoepffner, Karl Hofer, Edmund Kesting, Jeanne Mammen, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Franz Radziwill, Hans Uhlmann, and Fritz Winter.


the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain gGmbH


Georg und Franziska Speyer‘sche Hochschulstiftung