Baroque Ruins

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History as a continuum of disaster.

The concern of art is to present something enduring, yet something time-bound. In consequence it takes up the history of ruins, in its ‘material content,’ as a means of discovering ‘truth content.’

In Trauerspeil Benjamin writes,

“Ultimately, in the death-signs of the baroque the direction of allegorical reflection is reversed; on the second part of its wide arc it returns, to redeem…”

Or,

“So long a the approach is an aesthetic one, paradox must have the last word.”

 

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