Museum development in Europe changed rapidly from the middle of the 19th century through the end of World War II. This development included elements of exhibition design and curation techniques. The combination of these elements created a space for the changing public to acquire new opinions and knowledge of artworks. With the addition of governmental powers influencing the museum design, museums became buildings of education for many different purposes, at the government’s disposal.
In Germany during World War II, the Degenerate Art Exhibition was designed as a counter exhibit to the Great German Art Exhibition. This exhibition’s purpose was to give an approved Third Reich education to their public: the knowledge of identifying Aryan versus Degenerate Art. Curational techniques developed from the mid-18th into the 19th century were changed and manipulated to suppress the opinions of the public into a submission to the ideology of the Third Reich.
Cashin, Jennifer, "Museum and Exhibition Curation Techniques in Nazi Germany: An Analysis of Curation and Its Effects on Art, Artists, and the Public" (2016). Honors College. 292.