AB Gallery à Zurich présente
6 Février –16 Mas 2013
Mysticism – Yearning for the Absolute
Museum Rietberg, Zürich
23 September 2011 – 15 January 2012
The Museum Rietberg is proud to present the world’s first culturally comparative exhibition on mysticism.
This elusive religious phenomenon will be illustrated by the ex-ample of forty male and female mystics: their lives and writings demonstrate just how richly varied spiritual experience can be. The mystics chosen for the exhibition come from the great relig-ions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity – and span the period from the 6th century BC until the 19th century.
Among these remarkable mystics are a Tibetan ascetic, an im-mortal from China, an unconventional Zen master, an abbot from the monastery of Sinai, an uncompromising social revolutionary, an ecstatic female poet from India, a Swiss hermit who used a stone as his pillow, a Jewish scholar who searched for the hidden names of God, and a Sufi poet intoxicated by love whose poems are among the pearls of world literature.
These people yearned for the absolute, for union with the divine. They tried to grasp God’s energy or endeavoured to harmonise the forces that move the world. They practised the art of self-annihilation and letting go, they explored emptiness and strove to find the Dao. Holy writings, intimate prayers, day-long meditations, ecstatic dance, chants, or strict ascesis inspired them and helped them on their way to the absolute.
Many artworks and original documents, together with more than thirty multimedia installations and visualisations, explain the world of mysticism: a world of spiritual experiences and secrets.