Milwaukee Art Museum hosts show on German ceramist

Associated Press Published: September 7, 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting the first American exhibition to explore the works of ceramist Margarete Marks.

The Bauhaus-trained ceramist founded the Haël Factory for Artistic Ceramics in 1923 near Berlin, Germany.

The more than 100 employees there produced geometric tableware for consumers in Germany, the United States and England.

In 1934, a member of the Nazi party purchased the factory, and in 1935 a Nazi newspaper slandered her ceramics as part of the "degenerate" art campaign.

She and her son fled to England, where she made ceramics but never regained the artistic or leadership stature. She died in 1990.

"Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate" includes about 30 works and runs through Jan. 1. It was developed with the cooperation of her daughter, Dr. Frances Marks.

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