Hermann Broch — ‘The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an incompetent or a bungler, he cannot be evaluated by aesthetic standards;. translation of Kitsch as tape-à-l’æil [garish art] is wholly inad- equate, first of all more disturbing since, as Hermann Broch had noted, “one cannot work in any. “The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an . Hermann Broch was (besides being one of the three or four greatest writers of.

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I leave you with a few ideas from Hermann Broch who, although he is better known for novels like Kihsch Death of Virgil and The Sleepwalkers, wrote some very provocative essays about art. The essence of Kitsch consists of exchanging the ethical category with the aesthetic category. The artist pursues not a ‘good’ work of art, but a ‘beautiful’ work of art, what matters here is a beautiful effect.

Hermann Broch on Kitsch

And this means that the kitsch novel, even while often using quite naturalistic language, i. The techniques of kitsch, which are based on imitation, are rational and operate according to formulas; the remain rational even when their result has a highly irrational, even crazy, quality.

For through kitsch, as an imitation system, is obliged to coincide in all its aspects with art, the artwork’s methodology as such cannot be imitated—all that can be imitated are its simplest forms. It is quite significant—and nowhere is this so obvious as in poetry, but also somewhat in music—that kitsch must always revert to the most primitive methods, precisely because it completely lacks any imagination of its own….

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The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an incompetent or a bungler, he cannot be evaluated by aesthetic standards; rather he is ethically depraved, a criminal willing radical evil. These and other gems appear in the compilation Geist and Zeitgeist: The Spirit in an Unspiritual Age.

Hermann Broch on Kitsch

One of the defining characteristics of kitsch may be that it kitsxh non-existing emotions. Kitsch neutralizes them along with the aesthetic phenomenon as a whole. Kitsch is art that cannot, or does not want to, be taken kiysch, while at the same time, through its appearance, postulating aesthetic seriousness…. In order to make the above definition of kitsch meaningful one would probably have to look at the expression of the work of art itself as an index of truth and falsehood.

To establish authenticity or lack of authenticity is endlessly complicated however—one of the complications being the fact that the truth content of means of expression changes over time…. Something to think about next time you are flipping through the pages of Popular Photography.

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Previous post A defense of romanticism Romanticism, landscape photography, and Isaiah Berlin. It is quite significant—and nowhere is this so obvious as in poetry, but also somewhat in music—that kitsch must always revert to the most primitive methods, precisely because it completely lacks any imagination of its own… And just so we can see how far Broch is willing to take this: For a subtly different view, here is a tidbit ktsch Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory: Kitsch is art that cannot, or does not want to, be taken seriously, while at the same time, through its appearance, postulating aesthetic seriousness… In order to make the above definition of kitsch meaningful one would probably have to look at the expression of the work of art itself as an index of truth and falsehood.

To establish authenticity or lack of authenticity is endlessly complicated however—one of the complications being the fact that the truth content of means of expression changes over time… Something to think about next time you are flipping through the pages of Popular Photography.