Friedrich Nietzsche and Mu Xin

    2015 special exhibition

    Duration: 16th November 2015 - 20th March 2016.

    Venue: Mu Xin Art Museum in Wuzhen

    Nietzsche, whose philosophy Mu Xin studied extensively. This exhibition, titled Nietzsche and Mu Xin, will feature loans from the Goethe –and- Schiller Archive, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, the Nietzsche Documentation Center and the Friedrich Nietzsche Foundation in Naumburg. Works on display will include manuscripts and books, as well as portraits and death masks. This is the first exhibition in China on Nietzsche in the more than 100 years since he was first translated into Chinese.

    Nietzsche’s are open-ended thoughts.

    Of all philosophers, Nietzsche alone perceived the futility of philoso- phy and spelled it out. Others would not admit to thinking's awkward.

    Of all philosophers, the most wayward is Nietzsche.

    To say Nietzsche is a philosopher is an over-simplification. I consider him an artist exhausting himself thinking. Many a time I wish: Nietzsche, come out of philosophy!

    There is a Hamletian and a Don Quixotian side to Nietzsche; I prefer his Hamletian face and often make fun of the Don Quixotian one. It looks as though it would be difficult to read Nietzsche today - many read the Don Quixote in him.

    Nietzsche foretold the birth of the Übermensch -- it is a dream; it is still evolutionary theory. I do not think the Übermensch will be born. Indi- vidual artists as Übermenschen have long ago been born and long ago died. They do not benefit mankind. They have nothing to do with mankind.

    The rapport I have with Nietzsche mirrors that between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly. Nietzsche is my spiritual lover. Now the lover has aged. Fifty years have passed.

    Nietzsche was mad, a Dionysus who never tasted wine.

    "What does a philosopher firstly and lastly require of himself? To overcome his age in himself, to become 'timeless'." Hearing this, my love for him is rekindled. He saw it. He said it. No fuss, splendid.

    Much of modern art incorporates Nietzsche's Dionysian spirit, albeit seriously deformed. ... If you can see, you can tell which is the spirit of Dionysus, which is that of wine bottles, and which, of the drunkard.