O.T.O. Loaning 80 Objects to “Black Light” Art Exhibit in Barcelona

The Centre de Cultura Contemporania in Barcelona (the Catalan state museum) will be hosting the Black Light exhibit that will include some 80 objects on loan from the O.T.O. Archives including artwork and books. The exhibit opens May 16 and run through October 21.
The museum’s site explains:
“This exhibition looks at the impact of secretive traditions on contemporary art from the 1950s to the present day. These traditions can be traced back to the very origins of civilisation and have been used on a number of occasions to shape philosophical, linguistic, scientific and spiritual ideas.”However, despite the importance of these ideas to the development of art in the 20th century – they were fundamental in the work of key figures in modern times such as Mondrian, Kandinsky, Schoenberg, Yeats and Pessoa – they have been largely ignored in our era due to the prevailing influence of orthodox rationalist thinking, from structuralism to Marxism, and because of the difficulty of talking about these issues in clear and straightforward language.

“Nowadays, however, numerous contemporary artists are exploring these themes once again and are turning their attention to areas as diverse as alchemy, secret societies, theosophy and anthroposophy, the esoteric branches of the major religions, Eastern philosophies, magic, psychedelia and drug use, universal symbols and myths, George Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way, etc., thereby reviving a level of interest in these issues unseen since the counterculture years of the 1970s. Authors such as Mircea Eliade, the historian of religions and a novelist, Carl Gustav Jung, the psychologist, Henry Corbin, an authority on Sufism, the esoteric branch of Islam,Gershom Scholem, an expert on Kabbalah, the esoteric school of thought of Judaism, and Rudolf Steiner, the philosopher who founded anthroposophy, are now reaching a new and wider readership.

“The exhibition will present, in relatively chronological order, a selection of paintings, drawings, films, sculptures, photographs, installations, books, pieces of music and documents by artists as diverse as Harry Smith, Jordan Belson, Barnett Newman, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Ponç, Henri Michaux, René Daumal, Forrest Bess, Kenneth Anger, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Aleister Crowley, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Bruce Conner, Cameron, Jess, Rudolf Steiner, Joseph Beuys, Sun Ra, Joan Jonas, Francesco Clemente, Wolfgang Laib, Gino de Dominicis, Tania de Mouraud, Terry Winters, Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Genesis P-Orridge, Psychic TV, Ulla von Brandenburg, Suzanne Treister, Carlos Amorales, Jonathan Hammer, Matías Krahn and Gusmão & Paiva, among others. These artists’ work demonstrates the relevance and continuity of all these aforementioned and all-too-often ignored traditions, with art in many instances regarded as a possible path to a higher cognitive plane or as a form of knowledge in itself.

“The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue containing essays by authorities such as Gary Lachman, Erik Davies and Enrique Juncosa.”

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