Ulrich Horndash

Galerie Tanit | Munich

The call for a return to order, to a new classicism, has become increasingly audible lately. Here, as in Ulrich Horndash’s “Hellas” installation, it has taken the form of homage to the genius of classical Greece, the infinite productivity and vitality of the Greek spirit. This is not motivated by a thinly veiled nostalgia for antiquity but by the conviction that we are indebted to that culture for our principal models of the world—Heracitus’ view that permanence is an illusion of the senses and that the only reality is change, the constant state of becoming; Plato’s theory of unchanging Forms, ideal archetypes of which our physical world is just a shadow; and Aristotle’s belief that form and matter together constitute concrete individual realities—philosophical positions among which our thinking still vacillates today. Horndash’s image of Greece is a Dionysian image that evokes Nietzsche’s

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