Der Neue Mensch  

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Cover of the catalogue of the Nazi "Degenerate Art Exhibition" (1937). The exhibition was held to defame modern and Jewish artists. On the cover is Der Neue Mensch sculpture by Otto Freundlich.
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Cover of the catalogue of the Nazi "Degenerate Art Exhibition" (1937). The exhibition was held to defame modern and Jewish artists. On the cover is Der Neue Mensch sculpture by Otto Freundlich.

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Der Neue Mensch[1] (1912, The New Man) is the title of a sculpture by Otto Freundlich, resembling the Moai large head sculptures on Easter Island.

The work was seized and displayed at the infamous Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition. Furthermore, it was photographed unsympathetically and used as the cover illustration of the exhibition catalogue. Der Neue Mensch was never recovered and is assumed to have been destroyed.

« Der Neue Mensch » [The new man] is also the title of an essay by Richard Huelsenbeck published in May 1917 in the extreme left journal Neue Jugend. Often cited from that essay is the phrase "der Bürger, der Dicksack, Der Freßhans, das Mastschwein der Geistigkeit, der Türhüter aller Jämmerlichkeiten."





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