GDK Research

Image database and research platform dedicated to the "Große Deutsche Kunstausstellungen" [Great German Art Exhibitions] and Nazi art.

From 1937 to 1944 the "Great German Art Exhibitions" (GDK) took place in the "Haus der Deutschen Kunst” [House of German Art], the first propaganda structure of National Socialism. These were considered the most important competitive exhibitions of Nazi art. The works were selected by a jury, in which Hitler's vote was decisive. Although only a small portion of the exhibits openly engaged in Nazi propaganda, the works in the exhibitions nevertheless conveyed a value system that reflected the Nazi regime's world view. In the eight shows staged from 1937 to 1944, a total of 12,550 works were for sale; most of the more than 7,000 works sold  were purchased by the Nazi elite, but also by private individuals. 
Until now, only about 10 percent of the exhibited works were known to the public through pictures. GDK Research is now presenting images of all the exhibition spaces, as well as of most of the exhibits. It also allows users to systematically search for works on the database according to criteria such as artist, title, subject and buyer. GDK Research links central source materials – exhibition documentation, digital copies of catalogues, and other photographs, as well as archival information and biographical data – thereby making it a central platform for research on Nazi art.  

GDK Research is a project of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum and Haus der Kunst.