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    Architectural Visions.Kaisa Broner-Bauer - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):77-97.
    In this article I examine the architecture and architectural thinking of Finnish Academician Reima Pietilä in relation to his design methodology. Pietilä was an architect with an original, creative, artistic personality, who set out early in his career to develop the form language, and theory of modern architecture, moving it towards an organic expressionism. Finnish nature mysticism was a source of inspiration for him, and ‘nature architecture’ one of his key concepts.
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    Gendering Seekers and Upstarts in Early Twentieth-Century Finnish Literature.Viola Capkova - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):28-44.
    The search for truth and spirituality, intertwined with the search for one’s self, has been a perennial theme in arts and literature. In some works of Finnish literature at the turn of the twentieth century, the figure of a person seeking for spiritual fulfilment tended to intertwine with that of the upstart. At first sight, it might seem odd that these two figures should overlap in literary works, but as I show, especially in early twentieth-century Finnish literature, such cases are (...)
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    Mirages and Visions in the Air.Per Faxneld - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):63-76.
    Around the year 1900, European discourse on art was becoming increasingly ‘esotericized’. The 1890s saw esoteric art salons create a sensation in Paris, and art critics and theorists painted a picture of the true artist and the esotericist as overlapping figures. There was also at the time a conflict regarding mediumistic art, a phenomenon initially made popular through Spiritualist mediums. This debate, as we shall see, had interesting gendered dimensions. In what follows, I will discuss how the Swedish female esotericist (...)
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    Crystals and Skulls at Villa Gyllenberg.Camilla Granbacka - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):188-93.
    Review of The Path to Hidden Knowledge, art exhibition curated by Nina Kokkinen, 3.6.–11.10.2020 at Villa Gyllenberg, Helsinki.
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    Dance as a Contemplative Practice.Laura Hellsten - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):117-34.
    This article analyses ethnographic material gathered in Sweden amongst dancers in the Church of Sweden. With the help of the writings of Sarah Coakley and Simone Weil I explore if, and how, dancing could be considered a contemplative practice in the Christian traditions of the Latin West.
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    Seekers of the Spiritual Art and Higher Wisdom.Nina Kokkinen & Ruth Illman - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):1-3.
    Editorial of Approaching Religion, Vol. 11 Issue 1, based on a two-day seminar arranged in Helsinki in August 2020 by the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation under the title ‘Clear-sighted Art – Open Mind? Encounters between Art and Esotericism’.
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    Religious and Spiritual Motifs in the Art of the Patients of Nikkilä Hospital.Sari Kuuva - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):135-55.
    This article focuses on religiousness and spirituality in the art works of psychiatric patients of Nikkilä Hospital, Finland. The pictures analysed here belong to a collection held at the Helsinki City Museum and they were made during the twentieth century. The theoretical frame of the study is a cultural study of mental health. The collection is approached as presenting a specific kind of imagery which has connections not only to the personal history and diagnoses of the patients; their cultural context (...)
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    Sigrid Af Forselles and ‘The Development of the Human Soul’.Marja Lahelma - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1).
    The five-part relief series The Development of the Human Soul by the Finnish sculptor Sigrid af Forselles is a monumental work consisting of five large plaster reliefs. The artist’s esoteric interests have been noted in previous research, but their impact on her art has not been properly analysed. The first part of the relief series, which has for its subject a theme from Scandinavian mythology, belongs to the collections of the Finnish National Gallery, while the other parts, with seemingly Christian (...)
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    Opening Minds for the Wisdom of Art.Maarit Leskelä-Kärki - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):184-7.
    A reflection on the symposium ‘Clear-sighted Art – Open Mind? Encounters between Art and Esotericism’ arranged at the Amos Rex Art Museum, Helsinki, 25th August 2020.
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    Esoteric and occult Sweden.Tiina Mahlamäki - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):197-200.
    Review of Per Faxneld's Det ockulta sekelskiftet. Esoteriska strömningar i Hilma af Klints tid.
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    Spiritual Treasures in Finnish Art.Hedvig Martin - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):194-6.
    Review of Spiritual Treasures: Esotericism in the Finnish Art World 1890–1950, edited by Nina Kokkinen and Lotta Nylund.
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    Artists as Truth-Seekers. Nina - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):4-27.
    This article focuses on the concept of the seeker and considers how the analytical tool of seekership, defined and developed in the sociology of religion, could be applied to the study of art and esotericism. The theoretical argument is made more tangible with the example of the Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, whose life story, art and writings resonate with the concept of seekership. The ways in which Gallen-Kallela writes about his interest in esotericism and the dawn of the new age (...)
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    The Painter Meri Genetz and the Endless Quest for Spiritual Wisdom.Sanna Ryynänen - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):156-73.
    Meri Genetz was a Finnish painter, esotericist, and a spiritual seeker. Around 1925, she began truly dedicating herself to spiritual seeking and started to make notes of her studies in black notebooks. This article will go through four of those notebooks which today offer a vivid picture of Genetz’s seeking between the years 1925 and 1943. In the beginning, Genetz acquainted herself with Gnosticism, Theosophy, and Kabbalah, as well as the works of Christian mystics, such as Emanuel Swedenborg and Jakob (...)
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    Glastonbury Holy Thorn.Tiina Sepp - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):201-3.
    Review of Adam Stout's Glastonbury Holy Thorn: Story of a Legend.
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    Tyra Kleen.Karin Ström Lehander - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1):174-83.
    The Swedish artist and writer Tyra Kleen was a professional artist and a constant traveller who had a great interest in different religious questions. This article describes her Symbolist artistry, her interest in Theosophy and her journeys to India and Asia.
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    Decadence and Occulture.Mikko Välimäki - 2021 - Approaching Religion 11 (1).
    This article contributes to the understanding of relations between occulture and Decadence in Finnish art at the turn of the twentieth century, focussing on occulture and Decadence in the works of the Finnish artist Oscar Parviainen. The aim is to understand what are the relations between Parviainen's art, the Decadent art movement and occulture, and what are the aspects and cultural phenomena of his time that share similar lines of thought as Parviainen? In which ways did Parviainen address questions of (...)
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