Knowledge of Higher Worlds: Rudolf Steiner's Blackboard Drawings

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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 1997 - Art - 133 pages
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Rudolf Steiner was the founder of a philosophical movement, Anthroposophy, which was important in the early 20th century, especially in the arts. Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, and Beuys all attended his lectures and read his works, and Mondrian became a member of his society. His influence today is perhaps most evident in the Waldorf schools that perpetuate his innovative pedagogical theories.

Knowledge of Higher Worlds reproduces drawings Steiner made during his lectures between 1919 and 1924. They appear astonishingly fresh and contemporary, brilliant, gestural, almost abstract designs and diagrams of colored chalk on black paper. Selected from over 1000 drawings that have been preserved, 40 are here reproduced in color along with excerpts from the lectures they accompanied.

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Rudolf Steiner (1861 1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner's multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architec

Born in 1961, Lawrence Rinder began his curatorial career in 1988 as the "MATRIX" Curator at the University Art Museum, Berkeley, California. He moved to New York in 2000 to become The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, responsible for the Contemporary Portfolio of the museum, including exhibitions and acquisitions of works made since 1985. He was Chief Curator of the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Currently, Rinder is Dean of Graduate Studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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