Overt and Covert American Actions In the German Fine Arts

in Capturing the German Eye

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226301693
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226301716 | DOI:
Overt and Covert American Actions In the German Fine Arts

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This chapter describes overt and covert American actions in the German fine arts. The discreet and understated combination of overt and covert measures provided a model of intellectual warfare and cultural control that later became—greatly developed and lavishly funded—the modus operandi of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the cultural field. Prolog is a prototypical “private” operation in the cultural field. The Cold War developed a space for Germans to negotiate with their military occupiers. The covert manipulation of individuals and groups in order to transform them into political assets became the standard American strategy in the cultural field. The Blevins Davis Prize was a cultural turning point for Western Germany. Kultur could be a source of pride and national identity for Germans seeking a cultural patrimony free from the scourge of National Socialism. The reemergence of modern art in West Germany was fraught with difficulties.

Keywords: German fine arts; overt American actions; covert American actions; Prolog; Cold War; Blevins Davis Prize; Kultur; West Germany

Chapter.  5889 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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