Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Art and the Truths of Art History



Heidegger, “The Origin of the Work of Art” in Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought


Taminiaux, The Origin of the Origin of the Work of Art

Bernasconi, “The Greatness of the Work of Art

Babich, “From Van Gogh’s Museum to the Temple at Bassae


  1. I am torn between two views on Heidegger's contribution. Firstly there is his innovative conception of phenomenal engagement with a work. But he also privileges great craftsmen as necessary for the kind of revelatory experience he has in mind. This works against explaining much of the late twentieth to present artmaking. My paper at argues Heidegger's approach doesn't work well with Duchamp's Fountain for instance. Appreciate your views.

  2. One problem is that the translation of “The Origin of the Work of Art” is very problematic. And it is one of the most difficult and misunderstood peace of work of Heidegger. But anyway. I my interpretation is that Heidegger is - as usual - mostly speaking about Being. Then he is speaking against aesthetics as theory of art and beauty. But in some mysterious way we can understand what he is speaking, when we meet art or let art to speak to us.