The first Salon de la Rose+Croix was organised in 1892 by Josephin Peladan focussing on mystical symbolist art. It became an annual event, featuring artists from all over Europe. The exhibition at the Guggenheim showcases a selection of the artists, and aims to explore the era and its art, with accompanying historical documents and a musical component as well, including pieces by Erik Satie.



“Mystical Symbolism provides an opportunity to explore the diverse and sometimes opposing concepts that informed Symbolism in the 1890s. Hinging on central artworks shown at each Salon, the exhibition will tease out seminal tropes, such as the role of Orpheus, adulation of the 15th-century early Renaissance Italian painters known as the Primitives, and the cult of personality that developed around figures including Richard Wagner and Péladan himself. Accompanied by historical documents and set in galleries adorned with lush furnishings, the exhibition ” Kris Parker

This exhibition looks back at a series of Symbolist salons and conveys the spirit of the Salon experience with a musical component by Erik Satie and others underscores the key role occupied by composers for the movement.

June 30 to October 4 2017

Guggenheim Museum