Jung’s Red Book at The Rubin Museum


October 7, 2009 through January 25, 2010

The Red Book of C.G. Jung marks the first public presentation of what may be considered psychology’s most influential unpublished work. Jung’s fascination with mandalas—Tibetan Buddhist representations of the cosmos used to help reach enlightenment—is evident in these books where mandala structures figure prominently in many sketches and paintings.

A very cool part of the exhibit: “Turning the Pages of the Red Book. Every Wednesday. Two new pages from Carl Jung’s historic Red Book will be revealed each week of its exhibition.”

The Museum is also offering other programs in conjunction with The Red Book Exhibition:

The Red Book Dialogues

In the spirit of RMA’s exhibition The Red Book of C.G. Jung, personalities from many different walks of life will be paired on stage with a psychoanalyst and invited to respond to and interpret a folio from Jung’s Red Book as a starting point for a wide ranging conversation. The guests include composer John Adams, performance artist Marina Abramovic, director John Boorman, musician/artist David Byrne, actress Kathleen Chalfant, Zipcar entrepreneur Robin Chase, Smashing Pumpkins lead Billy Corgan, film director Jonathan Demme, director Andre Gregory, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, author Andrew Harvey, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, documentarian Albert Maysles, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist of Doubt, John Patrick Shanley; poets Linda Gregg and Tracy K. Smith, painter Philip Taaffe, novelists Gloria Vanderbilt and Alice Walker, and philosopher Cornel West.

The Rubin Museum of Art is located at 150 West 17th Street in beautiful New York City. You can reach them at 212.620.5000 or by visiting their website

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