The Message: Art & Occultism was published on the occasion of the exhibition The Message: The Medium as Artist at Cologne Fine Art 2007 and Kunstmuseum Bochum 16th February – 13th April 2008 in Germany. It is edited by Claudia Dichter, Hans Gunter Golinkski, Michael Krajewski and Susanne Zander. Texts include Andre Breton, Barbara Safarova and Peter Gorsen.
ISBN 978-3-86560-342 German/English languages.
“Occult practices, voices of higher beings and magical moments have often been met with suspicion in the fine arts. Yet, they have an astounding influence on art from 1850 until today, something which this book shows for the first time, based on unusual paintings, drawings and thought photographs. Higher powers dictate entire texts, spirits issues painting directions, while voices from the beyond manifest themselves by knocking, and cause mediums to speak in unknown languages. The Message: Art and Occultism introduces this largely unknown phenomenon for the first time. With paintings, drawings, photographs, and sound recordings, the book presents an overview ranging from the earliest mediumistic works of the second half of the 19th century to the present.”
Artists include: Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Helen Butler Wells, Fernand Desmoulin, Madge Gill, Margarethe Held, Georgiana Houghton, Hilma af Klint, Augustin Lesage, Hélène Smith (Catherine-Elise Müller), Heinrich Nüsslein, Victorien Sardou, Jeanne Tripier, Agatha Wojciechowsky and Raphaël Lonné.