Exhibition of Jung's artworks opens in Zurich

Dear Friends,
The exhibition of Jung’s artworks, including importantly but by far not exclusively, The Red Book has opened at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. It will be open to the public until March 20, 2011. It is a quite astonishing display of Jung’s lifelong engagement with various forms of artistic expression. Only his architectural works are absent from this exhibition. The objects on display fill an entire room of the Museum’s stunning underground exhibition space, a fitting location (in the basement, in the underworld) for Jung’s creations. Sonu Shamdasani, the guest curator for this exhibition, has worked a minor miracle in drawing out Jung’s considerable artistic gifts. At the private donor’s opening last evening, the Museum head told the gathered guests that he had been sceptical about bringing Jung the scientist, the psychiatrist, the world famous psychologist into a Museum dedicated to art, especially to non-European art, but after having seen the exhibition he was now convinced that Jung belongs there! Quite a testimonial to Jung as artist and to the people who put this show together. Sonu Shamdasani declared this to be the best exhibition of The Red Book and related materials to date, surpassing the ones in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in that there were so many more objects available for this one. Family members, friends, and others contributed many pieces never seen in public before. In fact, the assemblage puts the famous Red Book in the wider context of Jung’s dedication to artistic creation throughout his life, showing it as just one of many pieces. If you are able to get to Zurich for this exhibition, don’t miss it. On March 11-12, ISAPZurich is planning a series of lectures and a private viewing of the exhibition titled “The Red Book in Contexts.” Information about this is available on the website: http://www.isapzurich.com/

Murray Stein
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There is a small ‘guide book’ that’s available at the Rietberg, in black and white but nothing further to my knowledge. I’ll check to see if there is something in preparation. Take a look at the Rietberg website: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/kultur/en/index/institutionen/museum_rietberg.html