Explore the emergence of the cult of Nietzsche through an iconic sculpture.
By the time he died in 1900, Friedrich Nietzsche had become one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Often seen as a radical prophet of modernism, he had a major impact on the artistic and cultural world of Weimar Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A bronze sculpture of the celebrated philosopher by Max Klinger is the central work in this new Masterpiece in Focus exhibition. One of the most acclaimed German artists of his day, Klinger drew inspiration from the philosopher’s death mask and several photographs.
The exhibition — which also features a variety of work by Henry van de Velde, Edvard Munch, Curt Stoeving and others — explores the creation of an “official Nietzsche” by Klinger and his patrons, and looks at how an iconic sculpture ultimately became a cult image.
– Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), The Birth of Tragedy, 1872