Exhibition: Spirituality & Abstraction in post-war Europe

This exhibition runs from Wed, 9th Jun 2021 to Sat, 31st Jul 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Sat,
19th Jun 2021  
(11am - 4pm)
Mon,
21st Jun 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
22nd Jun 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Wed,
23rd Jun 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
24th Jun 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
25th Jun 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Sat,
26th Jun 2021  
(11am - 4pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


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".

This exhibition looks at how spirituality continued to be an important source of inspiration for artists in the post-war years, not least Claude Bellegarde whose abstract "Chromagraph" paintings derived from spiritual resonances, linked to Besant & Leadbeater's Theosophist ideas and vibrant diagrams of aural energies along with their "Key to the meaning of colours" which defined the spiritual symbolism of the spectrum. Bellegarde became a devotee of Krishnamurti, (whose guru status had been created by Leadbeater's messianic proclamations on "discovering" him as a child.)


Contact and Booking Details

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Location

Hanina Fine Arts,

21 Woodstock Street,
London,
W1C 2AP

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