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This 18th-century Tibetan sacred diagram, a yantra, is made of cloth with pigments.

This 18th-century Tibetan sacred diagram, a yantra, is made of cloth with pigments

You may recall the previous blog entry about the Japanese mandala exhibition at the Met, and now, more fantastic mandala shows at the Rubin Museum in Manhattan.

“Mandala: The Perfect Circle” continues through Jan. 11.  A really great review about this exhibit in the New York Times.

I love this quote by reviewer Holland Cotter:

“The real complication comes in trying to understand what all of this means, spiritually speaking. Mandalas aren’t made to sit there looking pretty. They’re for stimulating your brain and saving your soul.”

And I’m VERY excited about this:

Carl Jung's mandala drawing

Carl Jung's mandala drawing

A second show, called “The Red Book of C. G. Jung: Creation of a New Cosmology,” opening Oct. 7, will be built around the first public display of Carl Jung’s notebook filled with the mandala-style drawings.  The drawings are contained in what is known as the “Red Book”, which has been closely held by Jung’s family until now. These works informed Jung’s principal theories of archetypes, collective unconscious, and the process of individuation. A facsimile of the book with translation will be published for the first time this fall.

Then, on Dec. 11, comes “Visions of the Cosmos: From Milky Ocean to Black Hole,” which will tackle the subject of cosmology from comparative Western and non-Western perspectives, taking in Hinduism, Renaissance humanism and contemporary astrophysics.

Looks like some Frequent Flier Miles are coming my way.

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea NYC

212 620-5000

www.rmanyc.org

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