Politics and Culture in Wilhelmine Germany: Carl Vinnen’s Ein Protest deutscher Künstler (1911) Revisited

Vortrag, DHI London

Carl Vinnen’s Ein Protest deutscher Künstler is one of Wilhelmine Germany’s best known but arguably least understood acts of cultural protest. It has been described as a ‘notoriously pessimistic, xenophobic attack on modern art’, yet Vinnen had explicitly stated that he wanted ‘no chauvinistic Deutschtümelei’. This seminar will argue that the focus on Vinnen’s nationalism has obscured his true concerns: the commodification of art and the loss of the local in an age of rapid globalization.

Matthew Jefferies is Professor of German History at the University of Manchester. His publications include Hamburg: A Cultural and Literary History (2010); Contesting the German Empire, 1871–1918 (2008); Imperial Culture in Germany, 1871–1918 (2003); and Politics and Culture in Wilhelmine Germany: The Case of Industrial Architecture (1995).