GERMAN HISTORY RELATED ART
11 albums with art related to the Holocaust and the German history of the 20th century Media: Painting, collage, photography, photomontage, installation, sculpture, short movies, prints on metal
Stunde Null 1945
An exhibit with Large paintings, collage with objects, photo montage printed on metal, photography, Metal Sculpture Installation, Short films and sound installations. This exhibit was made specially for Berlin in 2015 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War two and the fall of the Nazy regime 1945.
The Berlin Wall Project
Art dealing with the Fall of the Berlin Wall Photography , Paintings Collage , Hand printed Silk screen, Installation, and a short movie titled Wall Walk
End of innocents
END OF INNOCENCE Art for the freedom of thinking, between two world wars. Mixed media Paintings on canvas
OLYMPIA To coincide with the 100 year commemoration of the out break of the Great War 1914-1918 the so called “War to end all wars “ and the upcoming Summer Olympic games, Thomas Dellert has created a series of anti- war photomontages depicting an female athlete doing her exercise with a ball resembling the earth. The some times disturbing background images from world war one, leads us into the dark dead end alley of the Weimar Republic and soon the NSDAP. The athletic poses of the girl in the Olympic gymnastic routines reflects the military machineries’ rearmament and training programs as well as the growing fascism of the 1920’s, leading to the outbreak of world war two only 20 years after the first , with its death toll of over 60 million people. The 1936 the Olympic games in Berlin was to became the world first large propaganda number. The artist Thomas Dellert’s grandfather was an eyewitness at the opening of the Berlin Olympic games. His recollection of memories from this time was the original inspiration for the artist’s fascination of this period in time. As a later artist Thomas has consciously worked with irony as one of his main tools, and in “Olympia “ he has let himself use some of the images once created by Leni Riefenstahl. Miss Riefenstahl made the famous Olympic movie “Olympia…….. “ and won many awards including the 1939 Gold medal at the world fair in Paris. Just months before the out brake of WW2 The torch is an excellent embodiment of all that the Olympic Games have come to symbolize - a celebration of the human spirit. Its not about winning or conquering , but about participating in Peace. At the same time the torch was also used in the Nazi rallies and parades making it a controversial symbol lighting up the night. The torch on the art woks by Dellert is carried by Berlin Cabaret Performer Fru Pepper. These photographs where taken in Utopia Berlin 2012 Camera: Canon EOS 1 A limited series of direct prints on metal are available.
Portraits of the devil
Mixed media on Canvas ANTI NAZI ART Evil will never go away, only change its face. This collection of Anti Nazi Art is showing the face of evil represented by the man with the Chaplin moustache Adolf Hitler " artist turned mass murderer" in conjunction with all the art he hated and simply feared, or the art he did himself during WW1 and early in his life . This is done in a satirical and humours way of expression. But Evil did not die with AH it lives on in ISIS and North Korea and all other fanatical organisations, regimes and believes. And that is No laughing matter. THE FACE OF EVIL 100 Portraits of the Devil by Thomas Dellert 2014 This is a new series of photomontages and mixed media art works in an attempt to depict the face of evil. I have chosen to use the image of Adolf Hitler to represent all evil in the world, a choice I made for many reasons. Purely with a look of his piercing eyes alone, his face still emits fear 70 years after his suicide in his Berlin bunker. The complexity of the person that is Adolf Hitler offers a million angles and the graphical qualities of his Chaplin moustache and side hair part are today almost laughable. Hitler was one of the few in history of mankind who seduced, mesmerised and conquered the world with deadly results. Together with his contemporaries Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco and later Mao Zedong, he was the ultimate totalitarian leader. Today, we with the matrix in our hands can see how he changed the world in devastating ways. There is no doubt that Hitler was a great manipulator and seducer of the masses, the most loved, worshipped and followed man of the 20th century and the most hated man in the present Western world. Thus, if any human being should represent evil it must be Adolf Hitler. But it does not end here. As I have learned by studying his life for over 35 years, Hitler was a man who wanted to create but loved to destroy. With this in mind, we can use his own paintings and drawings as a tool to get closer to who he was and why he did what he did. During his time as a soldier, he mainly made drawings of the First World War wreckage and aftermath. Even later in life, he told his architect Albert Speer during the destruction of Berlin that he loved ruins and that the war would in fact make it easier for them to build up the new Germania. I have used some of these drawings and photos of Adolf from this period in time with the knowledge that the Second World War was the continuation of the first. The German people were seduced by Hitler to believe in the “stab in the back theory” and the great revenge. In a way Hitler “painted” the future world to the Germans as a wonderful great nation of Aryans. Millions believed in this body of work and that Germany was its beating heart. Yet Hitler also painted flowers, fragile and semi transparent. He drew children and dogs and painted landscapes of the Alps. How could an artist like Hitler cry hearing classical music, draw children in his art and hugging them and playing with them as Uncle Wolf, and at the same time be the architect of the Holocaust, mass murder of over one million children alone and another 6 million in his extermination camps and death factories. Is this not a personification of the Devil with a capital D? Smiling, seductive, manipulative, charming and deadly. This is the reason I have used his haunting face in these 100 portraits, as a warning of the evil that lives on in countless ways, equally seductive and deadly. Adolf Hitler, as creator and destroyer, lives on. In our daily lives, in the form of the Volkswagen, that he made the original drawing of and had Ferdinand Porsche create for him. In all the many business suits by Hugo Boss all over the world. Hugo Boss dressed up the Nazis designing the most lethal and seductive uniforms in history that were those of the SS, the SA and the Hitler Youth. Hitler lives on in the form of a macho image and the most famous anti-Semitic man the Arab world knows, where his legacy “Mein Kampf” is the best selling book after the Koran. And Hitler lives on in the many fanatical organizations all over our planet like ISIS and al-Qaeda. They practice the same ethnic cleansing and mass executions that Hitler’s “Einsatzgruppen” did during the Second World War. Evil will never go away, only change its face. In these new art works I have also used the childish art of Hitler himself, as well as the art he feared. The strong, free and modern art of that time. The art that he had stamped as “degenerated” and cruelly looted from museums and family collections, then ritually burnt as a propaganda spectacle. I have on purpose used these in these my art works, the kind of art labeled Dada, Cubism, Surrealism as a counter attack on the Nazis who themselves attacked this kind of art. In this way, Hitler, the artist turned dictator becomes a part of the world he hated and tried to destroy yet failed. Some of the images are rightly frightening, some more comical in structure. Some are seductively beautiful, some are plainly ugly. All what I feel evil represents. If Adolf Hitler would have been excepted into the Vienna Art Academy, the world would have been spared the death of 60 million people. I want these portraits of the devil to function as a platform for thought and discussion. They should be displayed together as one giant mosaic work. Thomas Dellert
Stunde Null the exhibit
Photos from the historical Anti Nazi exhibition and the Holocaust remembrance exhibition in Provocation Art Gallery at Gendarmenmark Berlin in 2015 coinciding with the 70 anniversary of the end of WW2 and the fall of Berlin and the Nazi regime. And the liberation of the concentration camps. The art exhibit consisted of paintings and photography and collage with vitrines containing original artifacts from the time. Using toys in order to tell the story of the millions of children that was systematically murdered during this time.
Satirical new art dealing with multi national corporations that supported Hitler and the Nazis, using their logos in conjunction with images from the Third Reich All art works by Thomas Dellert 2015 Prints on Metal
Face of Evil
Photyography 2001-2008 signed and numbered Dellacroic & Dellfina The artist and actor Thomas Dellert-Dellacroix portraying some of the worlds most evil men in collective memory. Photo by Agnieszka Dellert-Dellfina These portraits are a part oif the the 400 large series of portraits done between 2001 and 2008 titled Self Portraits of Others. A large photo book is now in the making.
Degenerated anti Nazi art
Art attacking the totalitarian propaganda art of the NSDAP by using their own tools of seduction. Mix media Painting on canvas and prints on metal based on new photo montage. 2015
German Historical rooms
Anti Nazi Art works based on violently charged environments in Nazi Germany during the 1930's and 40's . From Adolf Hitlers home to the room in his bunker where it all ended 1945 when he shot himself after having caused the death of 60 million people. Prints and mixed media on canvas 70 x 100 cm