Monday, January 19, 2015

The Ancient Moderns

"For me, the 'modern' style has always borne an old face….

"The twentieth-century cult of youth culminates in a cruel curse: while the aging process cannot be stopped, the aging human being is not allowed to mature and is condemned, until his life's end, to play the long-dead games of his youth. This is most clearly seen in the world of art – which is closely related to religion – where the avantgardisms of 1905 are still being repeated again and again, as an ossified ritual, a hundred years later."

— Martin Mosebach, The Heresy of Formlessness, 2006 [2003], pp. 80–82. Mosebach was born in 1951.