In their attempt to create a new Europe, Hitler and his fellow Nazis declared a war on what they deemed “degenerate” art. Under the Nazi regime, hundreds of thousands of condemned works of modern art, including masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Chagall, were stolen from their owners, mostly Jewish art collectors, dealers and gallery owners. Introduced and narrated by Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty, Let Yourself Go!), Hitler vs. Picasso is a riveting exploration of the Nazi obsession with, and fear of, the power of art and creativity to shape minds.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in History, University of Manchester, and Janet Wolff, Professor Emerita, University of Manchester, chaired by David Berkley QC,.
Jean-Marc Dreyfus is a reader at the University of Manchester. He is a specialist of economic and diplomatic aspects of the Holocaust and post-war reparations. He has written on looted art in the Holocaust and has edited several memoirs and Holocaust diary. He is also the author of TV documentaries. He has recently published the „Goering Catalogue“, the original inventory of Goering’s art collection in Carinhall (Paris, Flammarion, 2015). He currently researches the search and exhumation of victims‘ corpses after the Holocaust.