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21/04/2021 - 31/07/2021

Post-War Group - Painting


Historical Group Show incl. Kandinsky, Barthes & Sontag - Spirituality & Abstractionin in post-war Europe

In light of the recent re-appraisal of Hilma af Klint's Spiritualist paintings in the history of Abstract Art, this exhibition explores the prevalence of spirituality in post-war abstraction.

The influence of "occult" Theosophy and esoteric thought upon pioneers of abstract art in the early twentieth century such as Kandinsky, Kupka, Malevich and Mondrian has been almost erased from modern art history. But it is evident that Theosophist writings such as Annie Besant & Charles Leadbeater's "Thought Forms" (1901), and "Man Visible & Invisible" (1902), along with the teachings of their protégé Rudolf Steiner, were fundamental to these artists' motivations, in giving expression to the spiritual dimension and manifesting the "universal mystery" through "art".


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