15th February 2019 → 2nd June 2019

Madge Gill, Untitled, 1954. Colour ink and gouache on cardboard, 102 x 70 cm. LAM-Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Modern, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut Collection, Villeneuve d’Ascq. Donación de L’Aracine, 1999. © Fotografía: Alain Lauras

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma

Curated by Pilar Bonet who is the founder of the Visionary Women Research Group and renowned for her work on the mediumistic artist Josefa Tolrà.

Artists included in the exhibition: Julia Aguilar, Aloïse Corbaz, Käthe Fischer, Madge Gill, Mary Frances Heaton, Margarethe Held, Gertrude Honzatko-Mediz, Nina Karasek, Emma Kunz, Cecilie Marková, Elise Müller (Hélène Smith), Hélène Reimann, Jane Ruffié, Clara Schuff, Josefa Tolrà, Agatha Wojciechowsky, Anna Zemánková

Es Baluard Museu presents a new exhibition project as part of its season of thematic displays, this time centring on spirituality. As a result, led by the intensive curatorial work of Pilar Bonet, we present an unprecedented exhibition based on the circle of women, mediums and artists – many of them unclassifiable, some very well-known and others whose work has never been made public before – who moved between mediumship, mysticism, healing and spiritualist philosophy, setting out a new interpretation of feminisms.

Their work has come down to us thanks to museums, archives and private foundations, but until now has not been subject to a global, rigorous study.

Bonet says “The exhibition presents the extraordinary creativity of female European artists born in the decades leading up to the end of the Great War in 1918. Women who, based on their stories of love and pain, gestate drawings, embroidery and texts which allow them to escape reality and discover other vital dimensions. In an era of grave social conflicts and new paths of spirituality, creativity helps them restore their inner voice, taking up the reins of their destiny in situations of displacement, loss of loved ones, nostalgia and psychological fragility. The creations have no commercial ends, they are merely a way to recover the energy of the soul and light up the darkness.”

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To accompany the opening of the exhibition ALMA: Mediums and Visionaries the Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma and the Asociación Josefa Tolrà in Barcelona arranged a symposium to extend the analysis and study of the creative output of visionary women and female healers. The symposium took place on 15th February 2019

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