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Friedrich Nietzsche and the Aftermath
“God is dead!” Thus spake Nietzsche as early as 1882, whereupon he had to grapple with the questions to which his prophetic declaration gave rise, specifically that of a new morality and how life might still be made meaningful even without religion. Nietzsche’s controversial ideas are more topical than ever at a time when 45 per cent of all residents of Canton Basel-Stadt have no religious affiliations at all.
This exhibition in honour of the 175th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of his appointment to the Chair of Classical Philology at Basel University will offer visitors an insight into the turbulent life and ground-breaking ideas of the most influential and most radical philosopher of modernity. The repercussions of his thinking on philosophy, science and pop culture can be felt to this day, as this exhibition will demonstrate.
Portrait Friedrich Nietzsche, UB Basel, Portr DE Nietzsche F 1844, 2
Nietzsche Büste von Max Klinger, Künstler: Max Klinger, 1904. Foto: © Städel Museum - ARTOTHEK

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