Jung’s 'The Red Book' out of the vault and inspiring dialogue

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Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung's original illuminated manuscript, The Red Book, only seen previously by a handful of people, is now on display for the first time at the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City, through January 25, 2010. Some well-known artists will discuss the work.

After obtaining the family's permission to remove the book from a Swiss bank vault, Jungian scholar Dr. Sonu Shamdasani spent 13 years translating the massive volume.

The original is bound in red leather and contains Jung's journals, created between 1914 and 1930, revealing the psychoanalyst's journey into his own unconscious mind, and his theories, such as archetypes and the development of personality.

A series of events coincide with the exhibit:

"The Red Book Dialogues," a series of onstage discussions between notable artists with psychoanalysts, will interpret the imagery from The Red Book and explore the themes. Video podcasts will be available at the museum's website  (www.rmanyc.org).

- November 21, musician David Byrne
-  January 6, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister
-  January 11, film director Jonathan Demme
-  January 13, composer John Adams

A series of classic film screenings at the museum's Cabaret Cinema explore Jungian themes, including Bad Education by Pedro Almodóvar, Belle de Jour by Luis Buñuel, Blue Velvet by David Lynch, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian.

Facsimiles of the large volume are available for $195 from W.W. Norton & Co.

The Rubin Museum specializes in art of the Himalayas.