Sunday, October 1

Mystical Symbolist Poetry and the Salon de la Rose+Croix

Fernand Khnopff, I Lock My Door Upon Myself, 1891
"Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 celebrates the series of six annual Salons organized by the writer, critic, and Rosicrucian Joséphin Péladan. In his Salons de la Rose+Croix, Péladan featured works by an international group of artists—part of the Symbolist movement, a late 19th-century trend that reacted against the literalness of Naturalism and Realism and rejected what they perceived as the ugliness of modern life. Symbolist poetry held great appeal for these artists, who sought to provoke allusive moods and visionary states of mind. Below, listen to poems by Charles Baudelaire, Christina Rossetti, and other writers who may have inspired the Rose+Croix artists, read by poet Tom Healy. ..."
Guggenheim (Soundcloud)
Brooklyn Rail
New Yorker: The Occult Roots of Modernism
NY Times: Mystical Symbolists in All Their Kitschy Glory
NY Times: What It’s Like to Hear the Same Piece of Music for 19 Hours (Video)
W - Salon de la Rose + Croix
VOICE: Explore the Weird World of the Symbolists at the Guggenheim
Soundcloud: Symbolist Poetry and the Salon de la Rose+Croix

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