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Esoteric content ’hiding in plain sight’?

Art historian Marja Lahelma, who is a member of the Seekers of the New project, has examined esotericism as a marginalised dimension in Finnish art history in a new publication by the Finnish National Gallery. Lahelma problematises the notion of the ‘Golden Age’ connecting…

The esoteric interests of Finland’s fin-de-siècle artists have been brought out of the darkness

“…it seems clear that esoteric ideas were far more than a passing fancy for Finland’s fin-de-siècle artists. Their interests reflect the kinds of topics of conversation taking place in the art salons across Europe, from Paris to Berlin and to Helsinki.” The esoteric interests…

Magic and Witchcraft in Oxford

Do you have a lucky object? Does performing rituals stop you feeling anxious? Do you worry about tempting fate? At the entrance to the exhibition Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, these and other similar questions appear alongside some…

Symposium on esotericism and mysticism

The Seekers of the New Project and the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural history are organising a symposium on esotericism and mysticism, 5-7 June 2019 in Turku, Finland. The keynote speakers will be Dr Maarit-Leskelä-Kärki, leader of the Seekers of the New…

Out Now: The Occult in Modernist Art, Literature, and Cinema

This new volume sets out to explore occult modernism as a response to the modern condition. Rather than perceiving the occult as a marginal phenomenon within the modernist context, the editors Tessel M. Bauduin and Henrik Johnsson argue “that the impact of occultism, its…