This 7-1/2 x 7-3/4 inch soft cover book with 76 heavily illustrated pages was published 1937 by the Wiener Secession.
The Vienna Secession (also known as Secessionsstil, or Sezessionsstil in Austria) was part of the highly varied Secessionism movement that is now covered by the general term Art Nouveau. It was formed in 1897 by a group of 19 Vienna artists who had resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, housed in the Vienna Künstlerhaus. The first pre-sident of the Secession was Gustav Klimt. This book presents the work of well known sculptors Arno Lehmann, Arno Breker, Willy Meller, Adolf Strübe, Adolf Wamper, Karl Albiker, Georg Kolbe, Fritz Behn, Gustav Seitz, Lois Gruber, Waldemar Raemisch, Max Laeuger as well as some of the architecture of this impressive sports complex on full page photographs. A competition was held in which a total of 30 sculp-tors were chosen who displayed their work on the Reichssportfeld (Reich Sports Field) in the spring of 1937. Some of the displayed sculp-tures are still present today. They were more than once subject of dis-cussion in Germany (but especially among the political parties in Berlin) as several groups consider them as Nazi art (even though none of them displays a single swastika or other Third Reich symbol) and wanted them to be removed. Luckily there are still other voices in Germany who regard them simply as art. The foreword is written by Prof. Werner March, architect of the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
This hard to find item will be an important asset to every collection of Third Reich architecture and art material.
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