L’Europe des esprits ou la fascination de l’occulte, 1750-1950
Directed by Serge Fauchereau and Joëlle Pijaudier-Cabot
What are catalogues for? To accompany top quality exhibits but also to preserve keep them through time. Like the one that just closed in Strasbourg, called «l’Europe des esprits» Europe of the spirit, that brought together hundreds of works of art to materialize the countless bridges built between art and the world of the occult, esotericism, the dark forces of the subconscious. From Goethe to John Martin, from Redon to Ciurlonis, from Klee to Matta, the exhibit reviewed two centuries. Next to the leading figures, we also see creations by marginal authors, some of them not professional artists such as Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, others that history with a capital H have neglected such as Bresdin, Runge, Carus or Lesage… In the boxes we see fascinating, picturesque subjects – we learn how Elise Müller, who fascinated Breton and Lacan, succeeded in writing in Martian – or more significant – in particular on the attraction great scientists such as the Curie couple or William Crookes had for this world of the unexplainable.
Review published in the newsletter #246 - from 16 February 2012 to 22 February 2012