The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, November 29, 2015

Exhibition Explores a Seminal Work by the Father of Modern Psychology
Illustration from the Red Book by C.G. Jung. © Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- This spring the Hammer Museum presents "The Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology", an exhibition of preeminent psychologist Carl Gustav Jung’s (1875-1961) famous Red Book, thought to be the most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology by many contemporary scholars. Jung also considered the Red Book to be his most important work, or as he described it, the “prima materia for a lifetime’s work.” Until now, however, the book has spent most of its existence in a Swiss safe deposit box, and very few people have actually seen it.

This exhibition, organized by the Rubin Museum in New York, includes works of art and archival materials on loan from the Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung, the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, the Jung family private archive, and other private collections. The show is the first public presentation of the remarkable book and it coincides with the publication of a facsimile edition of the Red Book by W. W. Norton & Company. The Hammer is the only West Coast venue for the exhibition and the presentation will also include an important series of public programs to further explore the work of C. G. Jung and his legacy.

Carl Jung began work on the Red Book in 1914 at the age of thirty-eight. He had established a successful private psychological practice in Zurich, but subsequently fell into a period of personal and spiritual turmoil. It was during this period that Jung formulated what would become his most important and famous theories about archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation. The Red Book is a collection of Jung’s personal writings and drawings, chronicling the often horrific and troubling explorations of his own unconscious.

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. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to see the ways in which Jung sought to translate the symbols he encountered in dreams and fantasies into contemporary graphic form, often using the circular diagrams of the mandala, which resemble structures represented in Tibetan Buddhist art.

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.

"The Red Book of C.G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology" 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.

Hammer Museum | Carl Gustav Jung | "The Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology" | Dr. Martin Brauen | Sonu Shamdasani | Rubin Museum of Art | Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung |

Today's News

April 11, 2010

Retrospective of Inventive and Influential Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson Opens at MoMA

SFMOMA Acquires Conceptual Art Collection with Works by Bruce Nauman

Chicago Artist, Wojciech Seweryn, Among Dead in Polish Plane Crash

Selected Paintings 1969-2009 by Shirley Jaffe at Tibor de Nagy

Andrew Moore "Making History Photographs" at Galerie Alex Daniels

Kevin Bubriski Named Visiting Artist Fellow at the Peabody Museum

D. Wigmore to Show Op Art Out of Ohio from the 1960s

Spencer Sweeney's "Egyptian Diving Board" at Gavin Brown's Enterprise

Minnesota Orchestra Unveils Designs for Expansion of Orchestra Hall

Exhibition Explores a Seminal Work by the Father of Modern Psychology

The Talent Show Explores Competing Desires for Notoriety and Privacy

First UK Solo Show of Bengali-American Artist Rina Banerjee at Haunch of Venison

100 Years of Design Evolution to Highlight Auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts

Martin Parr's Fascination with Social Behaviour on View at Studio Trisorio

Andrew Robinson Presents His Second Show at EyeLevel BQE

IAIA and SWAIA Join Forces to Advance Native Arts

Baja California Cultural Heritage Suffered No Earthquake Damage

Van Abbemuseum Invites Danish Collective SUPERFLEX to Work with the Museum's Collection

Phillips de Pury & Company to Offer the Halsey Minor Collection of Art and Design

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Related Stories

The Hammer Museum presents "Now Dig This!" Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980

Hammer Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Free Admission

Hammer Museum Presents Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments

Hammer Exhibits Seminal and Rarely Seen Paintings by Legendary Artist Eva Hesse

Hammer Appoints Brooke Hodge as Director of Exhibition Management

Hammer Museum Present New Sculptural Work by Architect Greg Lynn

Hammer Museum & LACMA Jointly Acquire Edition Jacob Samuel Archive

Friedrich Kunath Creates a Salon-Like Installation at the Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum Presents Luisa Lambri: Being There

Hammer Presents Rachel Whiteread in First Drawings Retrospective

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful