14 - 20th August 2016 at 16 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EB
Mediumistic art has become the focus of the mainstream art world this year due to two sensational exhibitions, namely Hilma af Klint at the Serpentine Gallery (Apr-May) and Georgiana Houghton at the Courtauld Gallery (Jun-Sep).
Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) is particularly important for the College as we own an album of her spirit watercolours which will be loaned to the Courtauld for their exhibition. The intricate, woven brushstrokes of layered and vibrant colours in Georgianaâ€™s art, executed in the 1860s and 70s under the guidance of 70 archangels, is challenging the well established belief that abstract art began with artists such as Kandinsky in the early 1900â€™s.
Although overlooked by art historians for over a 150 years, it is now becoming apparent that abstraction may actually have began 50 years before Kandinsky when Georgiana Houghton - an English medium and founder member of this College - produced these amazing works.
The Collegeâ€™s 90th anniversary celebrations in January, displaying for the first time in decades the Collegeâ€™s unparalleled collection of mediumistic art, spirit photographs and artefacts was a revelation to the art world. Since then there has been an overwhelming interest in the College collection and archives, by both artists and curators who are eager to discover more about the spirit world.
This interest was the catalyst for the Collegeâ€™s own blockbuster exhibition: Encounters with the Spirit World, which will open this summer from August 14-20th.
Whether you are a member of the college or a new visitor, expect to be amazed by over 500 examples of mediumistic art, spirit photographs, Victorian writing slates, spirit trumpets, planchettes and crystal balls, all displayed over six floors of our atmospheric Victorian townhouse in South Kensington.
It is worth noting that when visiting the exhibition you will be walking in the footsteps of former College President Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and psychic detective Harry Price who built a laboratory on the top floor.
Highlights of the exhibition will include the visionary paintings by Ethel Le Rossignol (1873-1970), psychic portraits from the 1950s by Coral Polge (1924-2001) and the recently discovered mediumistic drawings by Alice Pery (1833-1906), a direct descendant of King Edward III.
The College is proud of its important and historic archives dating back to 1852 and the beginnings of the Spiritualist movement in Britain, and wants to continue the tradition by ensuring that art and artefacts from contemporary psychic practitioners are represented in the collection.
We are therefore delighted to announce that on show for the first time will be our new acquisitions by Aradne, Jan Arden, Chris Neate, Daniel, Zinnia Nishikawa and Damien Michaels. Their mediumistic, visionary and psychic artworks are an important addition to the Collegeâ€™s collection and will undoubtedly inspire future generations of psychic students.
There will also be an opportunity for visitors to purchase original artworks by these artists during the exhibition.
The world of spirit awaits your arrival.
For more information please contact: Gill Matini (College Principal) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vivienne Roberts (College Curator) email@example.com
Images left to right: Painting by Ethel le Rossignol, circa 1925, Spirit photograph depicting Georgiana Houghton by Frederick Hudson, 1872, Photograph of a drawing by Alice Pery, 1874 and Victorian direct writing slate, circa 1890.
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