Kunstquartier Bethanien | Berlin, Germany
25 - 29 April 2018
Every angel is dreadful.
Beauty softens horror, Friedrich Nietzsche once reported. What might we mean by this. Beauty softens the horror; that is to say: by temporarily blunting the bitterness that it produces by having once again, as always, delivered its unique unilateral message: “It was unimaginable, and now, not only it is possible, but it happened!” And the shock of this revelation (recurrent, recursive, remanent, retrograde) makes us suffer beyond and much deeper than the mere effect of affects facing the most bloody, the most cruel, or even the most massive anecdote. So it is to the art that it was long ago given for mission (with nothing having being told to it) to generate a beneficial diversion to the spirits stunned by the atrocity of the world, so of the man, therefore of themselves, given that the horror spreads in us only to the extent that one realizes that one could have triggered it oneself, that one is perhaps the indirect cause, if not the author. It is the horror of oneself that makes us grow pale.
“Show us that Good is possible too” we ask; but the art, cautious, never answered.
« Here it is necessary to raise ourselves with a daring bound into the metaphysics of Art. I repeat, therefore, my former proposition, that it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world, appear justified: and in this sense it is precisely the function of tragic myth to convince us that even the Ugly and Discordant is an artistic game which the will, in the eternal fullness of its joy, plays with itself. »
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy
Source: (Splendid Isolation)