The art work is, to be sure, a thing that is made, but it says something other than the mere thing itself is, allo agoreuei. The work makes public something other than itself; it manifests something other; it is an allegory. In the work of art something other is brought together with the thing that is made. To bring together is, in Greek, sumballein. The work is a symbol.

Martin Heidegger | Poetry, Language, Thought


 

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[1] Merleau-Ponty, Maurice.  The Visible and the Invisible.  Ed. Claude Lefort.  Trans. Alphonso Lingis.  Northwestern University Press 1968.


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that That

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