From Tragedy to Zarathustrian Laughter: Nietzsche on Art

With John Bicknell's exhibition as a backdrop, Athens-based philosopher Marcos Breuer invites you to discover key philosophical dimensions underlying the work of art.

In his first book, The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche advocates the return to a “tragic culture”, following his reflections on the ancient cult of Dionysos, the origin of Greek tragedy, and the later evolution of Western societies up to the 19th century. Some years later, however, Nietzsche starts developing a new point of view: the revitalization of Western culture can only take place through the emergence of a new kind of human being, able to playfully and freely create the goals and values that will govern his or her existence. Thus, from a pessimistic world view Nietzsche ends up adopting an affirmative philosophy. As a consequence, the boundaries between artistic creation and authentic living tend to blur.

At our coming meeting at FoKiaNou 24/7, the philosopher Marcos Breuer will present Nietzsche's aesthetics and discuss its relevance to the contemporary artistic field.