Luka Savić (b. 1990, Ljubljana) is an artist and philosopher. After graduating from the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana, he continued his studies at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He exhibits in Slovenia and around the world, his works were included at the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residence in Spoleto and in 2020 he had a solo exhibition at the Škuc Gallery. He regularly lectures and writes articles on topics at the intersection of art and philosophy. He has recently published two articles in academic journals exploring pedagogical principles at the Bauhaus Art Academies and Black Mountain College.
Hegel’s declaration of the end of art does not claim that art is effectively over, rather that this is true of a certain kind of understanding art. This is a part of a given historical moment: Hegel said it exactly in the moment when art actually gained true autonomy for the first time.
In the chapter “Self-consciousness”, found in his most important work The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), Hegel presents his famous thesis on the master-slave dialectic. The relationship between the two is reciprocal as one’s self-consciousness is acknowledged only through the other’s self-consciousness. In a combat relation, one of these self-consciousness’s gives way, while the other rises from the fight as a master. The idea of a master-slave dialectic was one of Hegel’s most influential ones; most notably, it inspired Marx in his formulation of the historical struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Much later, Kojève pointed out that Marx, in his formulation, omitted a key element found in Hegel’s equation: knowledge/truth is always on the side of the slave/proletariat. This gap that influenced the great French thinkers could not have come at a better time. Following the French Revolution, the structure of sovereignty changed radically, as the new social structures required a different kind of sovereignty. Up until the times of Freud, who witnessed the last “true” monarch, Franz Joseph, the remaining powerful father figures were slowly losing their power. The disappearance of traditional authorities provoked changes in the social structure. Society became mediatized hand in hand with political populism, however, this mediatization received its antipode in modern art.