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Germany: Bust by Hitler's favourite sculptor goes on display in Berlin after discovery in museum garden03:27

Germany: Bust by Hitler's favourite sculptor goes on display in Berlin after discovery in museum garden

Germany, Berlin
September 30, 2020 at 18:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

A bust by Hitler's favourite sculptor Arno Breker went on display in a Berlin museum on Wednesday, after being discovered in the museum's grounds at the end of August.

The two sculptures were found in the garden of the Kunsthaus Dahlem, while construction work was going underway for new pathways and guttering was being replaced.

One of the two pieces has been identified as Breker's famous 'Romanichel,' which was created in 1940 and thought lost, while the other bust has yet to be identified but is also thought to have been created by the artist.

"Arno Breker is a very controversial artist, as he was in a special way beneficiary of the Nazi regime and benefited from a lot of privileges. He was in a stylistic way somebody who adapted himself and carried the ideological ideas of the regime on a visual level," said Dr Dorothea Schonen, artistic manager at the museum.

The Kunsthaus Dahlem, which was built originally as an studio for Berker in the 1940s and opened its doors as an art gallery in 2015.

'Romanichel' is based on a young Roma or Sinti man who the artist encountered in Paris in the 1920s and subsequently featured in multiple works. The Roma and Sinti were targeted for genocide by the Nazi regime with hundreds of thousands being killed.

Germany: Bust by Hitler's favourite sculptor goes on display in Berlin after discovery in museum garden03:27
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A bust by Hitler's favourite sculptor Arno Breker went on display in a Berlin museum on Wednesday, after being discovered in the museum's grounds at the end of August.

The two sculptures were found in the garden of the Kunsthaus Dahlem, while construction work was going underway for new pathways and guttering was being replaced.

One of the two pieces has been identified as Breker's famous 'Romanichel,' which was created in 1940 and thought lost, while the other bust has yet to be identified but is also thought to have been created by the artist.

"Arno Breker is a very controversial artist, as he was in a special way beneficiary of the Nazi regime and benefited from a lot of privileges. He was in a stylistic way somebody who adapted himself and carried the ideological ideas of the regime on a visual level," said Dr Dorothea Schonen, artistic manager at the museum.

The Kunsthaus Dahlem, which was built originally as an studio for Berker in the 1940s and opened its doors as an art gallery in 2015.

'Romanichel' is based on a young Roma or Sinti man who the artist encountered in Paris in the 1920s and subsequently featured in multiple works. The Roma and Sinti were targeted for genocide by the Nazi regime with hundreds of thousands being killed.

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