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|The Red Book : Hammer Museum UCLA|
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|Tuesday, 20 April 2010 19:21|
For the better part of sixteen years Jung consistently documented his dreams and recorded his fantasies in a beautiful volume that resembles a medieval manuscript. It is a strange hybrid of thought and image, taking the form of an 11-1/2 x 14-1/4 inch red leather-bound book. On more than two-thirds of the pages, Jung paired his abstract and brightly hued graphic forms with thoughts written in a beautiful calligraphic style. Out of this work and these experiences Jung would transform psychotherapy from a practice concerned with the treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality.
Alongside the ninety-five-year old volume, which Jung worked on from 1914-1930, the Hammer Museum will present a number of oil, chalk, and tempera paintings and preparatory sketches related to the Red Book, and other original manuscripts, including the Black Books, which contain ideas and fantasies leading up to the Red Book.
On display will be Jung’s first known mandala-like work: Systema mundi totius (1916), a cosmic representation of his reflections on spirituality and the soul, drawn from a series of recorded personal fantasies. Jung considered this work—along with about twenty-five mandala sketches that he created while serving as a Medical Corps Doctor and Commander of a British internment camp in Switzerland during the last two years of World War I—to be important documentations of his psychological and spiritual development.
This exhibition was organized by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung, Zurich, and was curated by Dr. Martin Brauen, Chief Curator of the Rubin Museum of Art, and Professor Sonu Shamdasani, Acting Director at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London.
The Hammer presentation is made possible in partnership with the Philemon Foundation and the Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.
Generous support is provided by Pacifica Graduate Institute, OPUS Archives and Research Center; The F. F. Foundation; Susan Smalley and Kevin Wall; and Stacy and Ron Pulice.
quoted from the Hammer Museum website : http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions.