A Museum in Northern Italy is holding an exhibition exploring the link between art and madness and one of the works to be displayed is by Adolph Hitler.
The art critic Vittorio Sgarbi describes Herr Hitler’s work as a “Piece of s***”
Sgarbi reportedly told the Italian news agency, ANSA. “[It] says a lot about his psyche: there is no grandeur here, only misery.”
The oil painting that Sgarbi is referring to depicts two men, one stood up and the other seated both with rather glum faces in front of what looks like the entrance to a rather dingy and an unfriendly looking corridor.
Museum of Madness
The picture is part of over 200 works on display at the ‘Museum of Madness‘ exhibition which features other painters like Francis Bacon and Francisco Goya.
In recent years, his work has fetched considerable sums at auction although the art world has considered the majority of his work as mediocre at best.
Twice Hitler was snubbed by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts which encouraged him to abandon art and pursue a career in politics instead. We all know the result of that!
I love the way Vittorio describes Hitler’s work. I get the distinct impression that he doesn’t think much of Hitler’s painting!
With hindsight, I bet the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts wish they had encouraged him with his art and discouraged him from pursuing a career in politics!
What say you?