Sunday, August 4, 2013
CARL GUSTAV JUNG, THE RED BOOK, PAGE 119, watercolor
One of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th C. Jung experienced dreams, visions and fantasies from an early age. At 12, he saw God, from a throne in the sky, defecating on the Basel Cathedral, shattering its roof. He believed that myth held an important place in human existence, while not believing in any myths himself, which bothered him. Concentrating in his "active imagination", he started writing and painting his visions in a collection of small black notebooks for 16 years, which he bound together as an illuminated manuscript in red leather. This became his Red Book. "All of my work, all of my creative activity", he said, "has come from those initial fantasies and dreams." Jung's Red Book, opened to page 119, at La Biennale di Venezia 2013.