"Dear old friend, now I'm back in the Upper Engadine, for the third time, and again I feel that here and nowhere else is my right home and hotbed." (Friedrich Nietzsche to Carl von Gersdorff, Sils-Maria, end of June 1883)
Nietzsche in Sils-Maria
Seven summers, for the first time in 1881, Friedrich Nietzsche spent an inspiring and creative time in Sils Maria. He lived in a modest room in the Durisch family's house during his stays. In the Engadine, with its dry, sunny climate, the weather-minded thinker found conditions from which he hoped to alleviate his violent migraine-like headache. A strict daily schedule not only regulated working hours and meal times, but also provided "5 - 7 hours of exercise every day", which he obtained by taking long walks in the area - the best opportunity to literally "philosophize" "fare. Even the first stay resulted in a key thought that gave his future work a new direction: the "thought of eternal return", the basic concept of Nietzsche's "So spoke Zarathustra".
The exhibition includes a rich collection of photos and documents, manuscripts and letters from the Sils period, the original death mask, various busts (Max Kruse, Willy de Boe), music, a complete collection of the works that Nietzsche himself published during his lifetime, including rare dedication copies. In addition, there is a documentation on the counterfeits for which Nietzsche's sister is responsible and on Nietzsche's time as a professor in Basel (Basler Stube with original furniture and documents from the time of Basel 1869-79).
Current temporary exhibition (until July 23, 2020): "Horizons" with works by Jonathan Meese ("Der Überrobotermensch Nietzsche"), Christina Kiehs-Glos ("Azurene Transparenzen"), Gerhard Richter ("Landscape Metamorphoses" from the SILS cycle) and Not Vital ("NOT")
Introductory lecture on Friedrich Nietzsche and the Nietzsche House:
Every Wednesday from 11:00am - 12:45pm in German or on request outside opening hours in German, English, Italian and French
During the opening hours (3.00pm - 7.00pm) the guests can visit the museum individually.
MEETING POINT Offene Kirche Sils, 11.00am
DATE Wednesday, 17 June 20 - 21 October 20
TIME 11.00am - 12.45pm
PRICE adults CHF 15.00, students CHF 12.00
RESERVATION Registration required by 10.00am with name, telephone number and number of persons.
Registration on: Cultural office Sils, T +41 81 826 52 24, email@example.com.
INFORMATION Nietzsche House, T +41 81 826 53 69, www.nietzschehaus.ch
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