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The Arts: safe havens or harmony in the making?

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Abstract

This contribution cites a quotation from Hannah Arendt, who states elsewhere that ‘Any discussion on culture must in some way use as its starting point the phenomenon of art’. She emphasizes the need for each culture to negotiate with others for its own idea of what it calls beauty, and quotes André Malraux as saying that he was uncertain about the future of contemporary art but convinced that ‘the art of metamorphoses’ had begun. Taking up the idea of ‘metamorphoses’, this contribution addresses the upheaval in art created by a crisis in values, accelerating techniques in communication, and growing commodification and mediatization. Has art become a simple commodity? And even if it is universally celebrated, can it still be seen and heard and understood?
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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