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Fri, Oct 15


Hybrid Lecture (in person + online)

The Artists Who Spoke to the Dead: Spiritualism in Art, a series

This series looks at how from mid 19th century Spiritualism & Theosophy influenced modern art: from secretive seances to the birth of abstraction, these new beliefs and philosophies blossomed into extraordinary forces that inspired western cultural expression in surprising and innovative ways.

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The Artists Who Spoke to the Dead: Spiritualism in Art, a series
The Artists Who Spoke to the Dead: Spiritualism in Art, a series

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Oct 15, 2021, 11:00 AM GMT+1 – Oct 29, 2021, 12:00 PM GMT+1

Hybrid Lecture (in person + online)


About the Event

Join Cindy Polemis in this series of three lectures which explores how artists made sense of the modern with the


15 October-Georgiana Houghton-Drawing from Ghosts

The 19 th century British painter Georgiana Houghton was dismissed as an eccentric, amateur

artist who claimed to talk to the dead. But her abstract style is beginning to be recognised as

being way ahead of her time as she takes her place as one of the world’s first abstract


22 October-Hilma af Klint: The World’s First Abstract Artist?

The Swedish artist Hilma af Klint created a secret body of work through communicating with

spirits. From 1906 she abandoned traditional genres of portraiture, landscape and still lifes

and created an extraordinary series of abstract paintings-years before the greats of abstract

art such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich, leading many critics and historians to now

celebrate her as the world’s first Abstract artist

29 October-The Theosophical journey of Mondrian and Kandinsky

Founded in 1875,Theosophy became a sort of new age philosophy- espoused by artists and

writers, trying to make sense of religious beliefs in a world which was becoming dominated

by new scientific advances. Cindy Polemis looks at how these new ideas informed the

abstract compositions of ‘the fathers’ of abstract art, Piet Mondrian and Wassily


Please note that once you pay you will get an email confirming your payment. The link will be send to you the day before each lecture. If you have not received any emails with a link, please check your spam or junk folder, or email us - well in advance - and we will manually send you the link.

These talks will be delivered as hybrid lectures (in person + online) at:

Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Suite

Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP

In the UK the majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. When it comes to events, all venues are open and no longer have to implement capacity limits or social distancing measures. However, Art Historical London believes that taking our audience into consideration, social distancing, wearing face covering, ventilating rooms and cleaning surfaces is still preferable. We therefore still limit the capacity of our in person events and urge you to respect other attendees wishes.

We urge you to read the COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment, which is part of our Booking terms and conditions and cancellation policy

Please make sure to log on 10 min before the start of the talks should you be joining online.

NB 11.00 UK = 12.00 Amsterdam = 6.00 New York = 19.00 Hong Kong

A recording will be made of this event and can be bought separately after the event has taken place.


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