Simon Glass


Heidegger 2019

Martin Heidegger (German, 1889 – 1976) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. His notion of Dasein (there-being), his essay “The Origin of the Work of Art” of 1936, and many other contributions, gave his metaphysical philosophy relevance to modern thought. He was also a card carrying member of the Nazi party from the time of his election as Rector of the University at Freiburg in 1933 until January of 1945. His reasons for remaining a member of the party in spite of defying it remain obscure. And there is no fascist ideology in his philosophy.

This suite of giclée prints with gold leaf are composed of stressed typography from a prayer book that survived arson at the Anshe Minsk synagogue in Toronto in 2002. The text of Heidegger’s name is rearranged from a transliteration of Kaddish (the prayer for the dead) into English. The Hebrew in the background shows sabbath morning prayers, specifically for the return of the Torah scrolls to the holy ark at the front of the sanctuary.