Museum Exhibit on Mysticism

In the Rietbeg Museum in Zurich they are having an exhibit on mysticism, including Jewish mysticism. The website has lots of uploaded pictures and video, however only some of them have English subtitles.

MYSTICISM – YEARNING FOR THE ABSOLUTE
23 SEPTEMBER 2011 TO 15 JANUARY 2012
The Museum Rietberg is proud to present the world’s first culturally comparative exhibition on mysticism.

This elusive religious phenomenon will be illustrated by the example of forty male and female mystics: their lives and writings demonstrate just how richly varied spiritual experience can be. The mystics chosen for the exhibition come from the great religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity – and span the period from the 6th century BC until the 19th century.

Here are two of the Jewish exhibits, the one for the Besht has the same display as the Ramak.
ABRAHAM ABULAFIA (1240-1291) EXPERIENCE OF GOD IN THE HOLY LANGUAGE

MOSES CORDOVERO (1522-1570) RE-ESTABLISHING UNITY

Some of the other one’s that are interesting is the little film for Dionysios THE AREOPAGITE and the recording of Rumi in Persian.

H/T AviSolo

2 responses to “Museum Exhibit on Mysticism

  1. Pingback: Ars Combinatoria (Sefer Yetzirah, Leibnitz Derrida, Culianu, Eco, Idel) – from Kabbalah to European culture « BLT

  2. Not really understanding the video of “permutations of the divine name”, I note one thing – the circles all rotate counterclockwise, which bears out something a Lubavitcher friend once said – Christians go clockwise, Jews go widdershins. I suppose it’s yet another manifestation of our right-to-left writing, or the primacy of chesed over din.

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