The Jakarta Post
Hitler speaks to the Reichstag in this reproduction of an antique photo. (shutterstock.com/Roman Nerud/File)
For the first time in history, an oil painting by Adolf Hitler has been displayed in a museum.
The untitled, undated work is featured at the Museo di Salo in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. The piece was lent by an unnamed German collector and will be a part of the "Museum of Madness” exhibit, which sets out to delve into the theme of insanity through art history.
A known artist before World War I, Hitler applied to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1900s but was rejected twice.
"It's a piece of crap," says museum curator Vittorio Sgarbi, who sees little artistic merit in the painting, which depicts two men, with one sitting at a table. "It's a painting by a hopeless man, it could have been done by Kafka, it says a lot about his psyche: here you do not see greatness, you see misery.”
Regardless of the quality, the previous dictator’s paintings have been sold in the past for up to £286,000 (US$349,463) at auctions, as reported by BBC.
Opened on Saturday, the "Museum of Madness" also features works by Francisco Goya and Francis Bacon. (sul/kes)
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