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Exhibition April 18 − August 25, 2019

Friedrich Nietzsche and the artists of New Weimar

National Gallery of Canada presents the exhibition "Friedrich Nietzsche and the artists of New Weimar". The exhibition includes works by Max Klinger, Henry van de Velde, Edvard Munch, Kurt Stoving and others. Friedrich Nietzsche became one of the most influential thinkers of his time. He is considered the radical prophet of modernism, he had a great influence on the artistic and cultural world of Weimar Germany.

The artistic influence of Max Klinger ranged from classical sculpture of Greece and Rome to the Italian Renaissance and the art of Rodin. By order of Count Harry Kessler for a marble tomb in the assembly hall of the Nietzsche archive in Weimar, the sculptor cast three monumental bronze copies, one of which is a bronze bust at this exhibition.

Henri van de Velde - Belgian artist, architect and designer. As director of the Weimar School of Applied Arts, he transformed Nietzsche’s new archive into a modernist environment for the growing philosopher cult. He also designed new editions of Nietzsche’s works, which became a symbol of avant-garde book design.

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch first discovered Nietzsche in his native Oslo. Invited by Kessler to Weimar in 1904, Munk found himself strongly identified with Nietzsche and his tragic end.