The Real Monuments Men

DC’s National Gallery of Art (NGA) has curated an exhibit on the
“monuments men”, the government group directed by Roosevelt in World War II to bring back the art looted by the Nazi’s and stashed all over Europe. The group — the Roberts Commission — operated out of NGA which has retained many of the artifacts (telegrams and other correspondence) and are now on display. While the recent movie Monuments Men provides rich context and narrative around the incredibly complex undertaking, the exhibit offers some
Interesting tidbits, including the fact that the Biltmore near Asheville, NC, became the holding place for a massive number of works in NGA’s collection during WW2.

It’s a small but mighty exhibit that’s well worth the visit. Especially if you are en route to the museum’s Friday night Jazz In The Garden party…

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