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Ecstasy in Art, Music and Dance

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Ecstasy in Art, Music and Dance

Ulrike Groos

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This book traces the phenomenon of ecstasy in art and cultural history. Accompanying an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and Zentrum Paul Klee, this book illuminates the various spiritual, political, psychological, social, sexual, and aesthetic implications of euphoric and intoxicated states between asceticism and excess. Artworks from antiquity to the present time show the various facets of mind-altering states while taking different cultural regions into consideration. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a different aspect of the ecstatic state and the shifting social significance of ecstasy over the centuries, exploring how different cultures address and express ecstasy. Encompassing everything from classical sculpture and religious painting to 21st-century photography and collage, this book features splendid reproductions of works by artists such as Marina Abramovic, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Louise Bourgeois, Gunter Brus, Lovis Corinth, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Ayrson Heraclito, Carsten Holler, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Aura Rosenberg, Andy Warhol, and Francisco de Zurbaran. AUTHORS: Ulrike Groos is Director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany. Anne Vieth and Markus Muller are Curators at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany. SELLING POINTS: The artists featured in this book are well known and include Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky, and Marlene Dumas. Ecstasy in relation to art, and how artists depict it in different ways. This book shows depictions of ecstasy from antiquity to present day. 210 colour images

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