Ecstasy Baroque Exhibition @ UQ Art Museum

Ecstasy Baroque
16 September 2017 – 4 February 2018

UQ Art Museum

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Almost four centuries after its creation, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s St. Teresa in Ecstasy 1652 remains the emblem for religious visionary experience and baroque sensibilities in art. Going
beyond the sensuous suffering depicted by Bernini, Baroque Ecstasy brings historical depictions of ecstatic experiences together with modern and contemporary works that feature transcendence of normal consciousness, trance or trancelike states, expanded spiritual awareness, and visionary experiences. From saints and mystics, to bacchanalian fetes and dreamscapes, the exhibition also explores how Baroque stylistics such as theatricality, exaggeration, high drama, extravagance, frenzy and excess continue to permeate the work of contemporary artists.

Supported by the UQ Node, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800)