Religious and Spiritual Movements and the Visual Arts

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From the first studies in the 1960s on the influence of Theosophy on key modern artists, such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, to well attended conferences in the twenty-first century, academia and the art communities increasingly realized new religious movements (NRMs)’s crucial influence on the visual arts. For the purposes of this project, religious and spiritual movements are broadly defined, including esoteric and spiritual movements that do not consider themselves as religious and broader currents of spirituality that do not necessarily constitute an organized “movement.” These movements start with the new Christian and esoteric groups of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as the Swedenborgians or Christian Science. For this project, visual arts include painting, sculpture, architecture, cinema, and contemporary performance art. The WRSP special project presents profiles of both movements that have produced their own significant art, or significantly influenced the visual arts, and individual artists in whose career connections with one or more movements, or with new spiritual currents in general, have played a key role.

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ADIDAM

CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

DAESOON JINRIHOE

DAMANHUR

  • WRSP Profile of Damanhur [Forthcoming]
  • Damanhur and the Visual Arts [Forthcoming]
  • Artists
    Oberto Airaudi

ESOTERICISM / NEW AGE

SPIRITUALISM

THEOSOPHY

FORTHCOMING PROFILES

Sallie Ann Glassman (Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University New Orleans)

Madge Gill (Daniel Wojcik, University of Oregon)

Hilma af Klint (Marco Pasi, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Georgiana Houghton (Marco Pasi, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Nina Kokkinen, University of Turku)

 

For further information, contact:
Massimo Introvigne, New Religious Movements and the Visual Arts WRSP Project Director.
maxintrovigne@gmail.com

Legal notice: Efforts have been made to identify the copyright owners of the images reproduced on this site. For any further questions, please contact maxintrovigne@gmail.com.

Splash Page Image: “Evolution” by Piet Mondrian.

 

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