Marco Pasi talking about Luigi Pericle at the Guggenheim
Visionary: On Hilma af Klint and the Spirit of Her Time
The symposium, presented in conjunction with Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, explored how Theosophy—a religious movement that seeks to reconcile existing spiritual and philosophical teachings—and other esoteric belief systems that emerged at the turn of the 20th century impacted the development of abstraction in the United States and Europe. Through short talks and moderated discussions, participants have considered how these currents converged in Hilma af Klint’s visionary work. The international roster of speakers included Kurt Almqvist (Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Stockholm), Tracey Bashkoff (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Patricia Berman (Wellesley College, Massachusetts), Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Linda Dalrymple Henderson (University of Texas at Austin), Isaac Lubelsky (The Open University of Israel), Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam), and Julia Voss (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany).The program was followed by a reception and viewing of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. A symposium copresented by Ax:son Johnson Foundation together with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Marco Pasi, (University of Amsterdam, History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, Associazione Europea per lo Studio delle Religioni (EASR) ) during his speach mentions also Luigi Pericle Giovannetti.
Luigi Pericle was born in Basel on 22nd June 1916: his father, Pietro Giovannetti, was originally from Monterubbiano – a small village in the Marches – and his mother, Eugenie Rosé, was of French origin. He approached the world of art and painting at a very young age, receiving his first commission for a painting at the age of twelve and began to attend the art school at sixteen, after leaving school in 1930. The following year, however, he left the art school, disappointed by the disciplines studied and in disagreement with the teaching methods used. During his youth he progressively approached the ancient philosophies and the Far East ones, becoming a perfect connoisseur of Chinese and Japanese Zen philosophy, as well as those related to Ancient Egypt and Greece. Theosophy and all these influences, so different and at the same time united by the tension towards the research of transcendence and inner depth, constituted for Pericle a real artistic, spiritual and literary point of reference that
will accompany him throughout his life. In 1947 he married the Graubunden Orsolina Klainguti, affectionately nicknamed Nini, also a painter; the two remained inseparable companions in life and art until the woman’s death, four years before the painter’s
death. Since the fifties, Pericle and his wife moved to Ascona: the small village that from the twenties continued to host internationally renowned artists and remained a vibrant cultural center. The artist therefore chose this place to feel the influence of the mystical
climate linked to Monte Verità and at the same time immersed himself in nature and tranquillity, characteristics that he had always loved and sought later.
… more about Luigi Pericle
Other artists involved with Theosophy and spiritual in the art :
Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884)
Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988)