Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897

“Art that promises an escape from the world at hand”—The New York Times

“Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897” is the first-ever museum presentation on the Salon de la Rose+Croix (R+C), an annual exhibition in Paris established by the eccentric French author and critic Joséphin Péladan. Favoring the spiritual, imaginary, and stylized, the R+C artists employed an enigmatic strain of Symbolism in their quest for the Ideal. The exhibition, on view at the Guggenheim June 30–October 4, 2017, includes only works that were shown in Péladan’s Salons and features lush furnishings and music to convey the spirit of the original exhibitions.

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