From the Sublime to the Abominable

The Exhibition

From October 1, 2021

Pursuing music, whether through producing or consuming, is one way to engage with music. Another is the historical examination of music and its creators and interpreters. Philosophy of Music, on the other hand, is a completely different matter: It is concerned with the intellectual permeation of what music is and how it is capable of generating the effect we experience when we are moved, aroused, befuddled, seduced, repulsed or even disgusted and repelled by music. Philosophising is, according to a common expression, the permanent mental remodeling of the being. Music is part of the being. In this respect, it is hardly surprising that this permanent remodel has resulted in numerous and diverse structures that more or less accurately or more or less consistently capture what music and its inherent power are. This exhibition is intended to give the visitor an impression of how multicoloured and admirable, but also astonishing and sometimes disturbing, these mental structures are.


About the curator

Heinz Palasser (born 1967 and living in Vienna) approached the field of philosophy via the detours of life. He has always had the urge to liberate the supposedly self-evident from precisely this self-evidentness. Since 2012, he has been managing the School of Philosophy alongside the philosopher Bernd Waß. He has loved music as a constructive medium for all his life. So it seemed obvious to him to turn towards the Philosophy of Music. He is glad about opportunities like this one, to showcase philosophical content in front of a larger audience.


Information for your visit

Access the exhibition through the museum entrance.

Barrier-free access to the exhibition is available.