Hysteria over Tree-Cutting in Munich
The German Council of German Jews has decried plans to cut down the trees in front of the Hitler-era Haus der Deutschen Kunst (“House of German Art”) in Munich, claiming that an unobstructed view of the famous building is “reconstructing Nazi architecture.”
British architect David Chipperfield—who won acclaim for his remodeling of the equally famous Neues Museum in Berlin—has proposed a €78 million ($83.7 million) renovation plan to revert the now renamed Haus der Kunst to its original exterior by removing the deliberately planted trees obscuring the city-facing side of the building.
The museum was opened by Adolf Hitler in 1937 to promote healthy art, as opposed to the nonsense put forward as “modern art,” known then as Entartete Kunst (“degenerate art.”)
The museum housed many great and beautiful art works, ranging from statues to paintings, and, miraculously, survived the bombing of Munich intact.
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