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Exhibition June 10 − November 1, 2020

Spirit, are you here? Artists and voices of the afterlife

Mayol Museum in Paris holds an exhibition"Spirit, are you here?" Artists and voices of the afterlife ".

The exhibition presents the works of spiritualists of the XIX-XX centuries. At the exhibition you can see more than 100 paintings from European museums and private collections. Among the authors of the paintings are key figures of the direction: Augustine Lesage, Victor Simon, Fleury-Joseph Crepin and others. Their work was the impetus for the work of Andre Breton, Victor Browner, Jean Dubuffe. Archival documents, installations and videos will complement the story of the influence of spiritualistic practices on the painting of the late 19th century and the emergence of genres such as symbolism and surrealism.

Spiritualism has inspired a significant number of artists, but only a few have created what spiritualists define as “spiritual art.” Among the first mediums specializing in the creation of paintings were the brothers Allen Campbell (1833-1919) and Charles Shurds-Campbell (1863-1926), who lived in the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York. Elena Blavatsky (1831-1891) at one of the stages of her creative career was engaged in the creation of spiritual paintings.

At the beginning of the 20th century, works of spiritual art began to be called "art of outsiders." Art critics do not agree on whether the current can be considered an independent genre, but recognize its strong influence on the development of modern fine art, including abstractionism, surrealism and other styles.

Based on site materialsMayol Museum.

Galleries at the exhibition