Europe and its Spirits, or the Fascination of the Occult, 1750-1950

July 25th, 2011 § 0 comments

This show won’t be up until October, but that just gives us some time to get to Strasbourg, France.

Europe and its Spirits, or the Fascination of the Occult, 1750-1950 is a multidisciplinary exhibition exploring the influence of the occult on artists, thinkers and scientists across Europe from the mid-18th Century through the middle of the 20th.

Curated by Serge Fauchereau and Joëlle Pijaudier-Cabot, the show is organized into three sections. The first focuses on artistic creation, like painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and literature.

The second takes a wide historical perspective of the topic through founding texts and printed illustrations.

The final section looks at the relationship between science and occult phenomena through the stories of the scholars themselves and the scientific instruments they used.

It’s a a big show, with over 500 works, 150 scientific articles, 150 books and a 100 documents from 25 European countries.

It’s at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, France from October 8 through February 12, 2012. From there it moves on to the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, from March 31 through July 15, 2012.

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