A Modern Panarion: Occultism in Dublin
Explore an exhibition of contemporary art that resonates with the core ideas of The Theosophical Society’s belief system, at A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Founded in New York in 1875, the society espoused a doctrine synthesised from esoteric religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas and aspired toward the formation of a universal community in which all religions, creeds, and races were equal. With theosophy’s popularity in the late-19th and early-20th centuries being quite considerable, it quickly drew a community of adherents worldwide seeking spiritual guidance and pivotal inspiration in an increasingly secular and industrialised world.
While none of the artists participating in the exhibition are actual theosophists, they do all pursue an interdisciplinary practice which involves research into realms beyond the material world. The exhibition showcases the work of artists Derek Jarman, Gunilla Klingberg, Bea McMahon, Garrett Phelan, and Richard Proffitt.
Central to all the artists’ work is a fascination with unseen worlds and a desire for some form of intuitive transcendence. Through their work they investigate unexplained laws of nature, the powers latent in the human mind, and alternative ways of accessing hidden knowledge.
The publication, To Seek Where Shadows Are, which chronicles of the emergence of the Theosophical Society’s Dublin Lodge ten years after the New York one, is also on display with this exhibition.