20 Quotes on Kitsch

What is kitsch for you? Is it an evil manifestation of bad taste or the only sentimentality left in our modern world? This question has kept sociologists, philosophers and artists busy and here are 20 quotes that try to capture the essence of kitsch.

#Cusack #kitsch Kitsch is more dangerous than it looks when taken to the extreme.
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Kitsch is more dangerous than it looks when taken to the extreme.

John Cusack

Kitsch evokes a future utopia looking back at a past that is selectively (mis)remembered, thereby helping to stabilize the present toward which kitsch is otherwise deeply anatagonistic. Theodor Adorno be kitschig blog

Kitsch evokes a future utopia looking back at a past that is selectively (mis)remembered, thereby helping to stabilize the present toward which kitsch is otherwise deeply anatagonistic.

Theodor Adorno

Kitsch tends to wallow in beauty - its shortcoming is not aesthetic but ethical. Hermann Broch be kitschig blog

Kitsch tends to wallow in beauty – its shortcoming is not aesthetic, but ethical.

Hermann Broch

Kitsch always means what it says and says it literally Tomas Kulka be kitschig blog #quote

Kitsch is indeed totally incompatible with even the mildest form of questioning; that is, with irony. Kitsch always means what it says, and says it literally.

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Tomas Kulka

#kitsch #quote Kitsch is the corpse that’s left, once art has lost its anger.
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Kitsch is the corpse that’s left, once art has lost its anger.

Anon

#Kitsch #quote Kitsch is fake art Roger Scruton Picture Quote be kitschig blog

Kitsch is fake art, expressing fake emotions, whose purpose is to deceive the consumer into thinking he feels something deep and serious. 

Roger Scruton

kitsch is an inescapable human necessity. John Bayley
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Contemporary kitsch is a product of egalitarianism, and television and photography have so much accustomed us to the innumerable sophisticated variations on its archetypes that we take them for granted, however much we may deride the archetypes themselves. Besides, at some points in its range, kitsch is an inescapable human necessity.

John Bayley

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…I wondered if it was blasphemous to tell God that rainbows are kitsch. Steve Toltz

…I wondered if it was blasphemous to tell God that rainbows are kitsch.

Steve Toltz

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Kitsch is the contemporary form of the Gothic, Rococo, Baroque. Frank Wedekind be kitschig blog

Kitsch is the contemporary form of the Gothic, Rococo, Baroque.

Frank Wedekind

#kitsch #quote #art Artists now decline to go to bed with beauty, fearing they’ll wake up with kitsch. Mike Curran

Artists now decline to go to bed with beauty, fearing they’ll wake up with kitsch.

Mike Curran

#Kitsch #art #quote #Zitat Kitsch is Art Michel Houllebecq be kitschig blog berlin

Everything is tacky, if you will. Music as a whole is kitsch, kitsch is art, literature itself is tacky. Every emotion is kitschy, almost by definition, but also any reflection, and even, in a sense, action. The only thing that is absolutely not kitsch, is nothingness.

Michel Houellebecq

Modern Art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch - Roger Scruton - be kitschig blog

Modern art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch.

Roger Scruton

be kitschig quote milan kundera on kitsch #quote #kitsch #kitschig #kundera

Kitsch is the inability to admit that shit exists.

Milan Kundera

Kitsch makes things that are pretty as representations but ugly as art. Mike Curran be kitschig blog

Kitsch makes things that are pretty as representations, but ugly as art, modern artists made things that are ugly as representations but beautiful as art.

Mike Curran

#quoteIn paradise there would be no kitsch Richard T. Egenter be kitschig blog berlin

In paradise there would be no kitsch. The eye of the theologian sees the soil of kitsch in the consequences of the original sin.

Richard T. Egenter

be kitschig blog quote Hermann  Broch Kitsch is certainly not bad art

Kitsch is certainly not “bad art,” it forms its own closed system.

Hermann Broch

#kitsch #quote Kitsch offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, without the requirement of distance, without sublimination. Winfried Menninghaus

Kitsch offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, without the requirement of distance, without sublimination.

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Winfried Menninghaus

Robert Solomon #quote In Defense of Sentimantality be kitschig blog

Indeed, what makes sweet kitsch kitsch seems to be that it is flawed by its very perfection, its technical virtuosity and precise execution, its explicit knowledge of the tradition, its timeliness, and the fact that it stimulates the very best (in any case, the nicest) emotions–the “soft” sentiments of kindness and sympathy and the calm passions of delight.

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Robert C. Solomon

Kitsch is a time capsule with a two-way ticket to the realm of myth - the collective or individual land of dreams. - CELESTE OLALQUIAGA be kitschig blog

Kitsch is a time capsule with a two-way ticket to the realm of myth – the collective or individual land of dreams.

Celeste Olalquiaga

#kitsch #consumer The kitsch consumer wants to be enchanted. Karsten Harries be kitschig blog

The Kitsch consumer wants to be enchanted.

Karsten Harries

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12 thoughts on “20 Quotes on Kitsch

      1. Ages ago I have been to Paris and Jim Morrison’s stone had been removed for restauration from Père Lachaise. That seemed like a typical French twist to me, they can make life so meh sometimes …

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      2. Meh indeed. 🙂 Most times I don’t understand them any more. Been away too long I guess. 🙂 Latest I heard about the Jim Morrison tomb is that it’s been fenced off. Typical Frog. Fences, barriers, limits, ceilings… Meh indeed. Regardless, It is still worth the trip. I can tell: just spent 6 weeks there. Not meh at all. Tschüss.

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