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"What is a City? - above all else a theater of social action.” (Lewis Mumford) 

     "As the city developed, the democratic habits of the village would be often carried into its heretofore specialized activities, with a constant rotation of human functions and civic duties, and with a full participation by each citizen in every aspect of the common life. This…opened up virgin territories of mind and spirit… The result was not merely a torrential outpouring of ideas and images in drama, poetry, sculpture, painting, logic, mathematics, and philosophy; but a collective life more highly energized, more heightened in its capacity for esthetic expression and rational evaluation… It is art, culture, and political purpose, not numbers, that define a city"  (Lewis Mumford, The City in History, p. 124f) 

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 Rua Nova dos Mercadores in Lissabon, unknown painter, photo by Ruth E. Bubb


Philemon - a dreamed realityPsyche & the City - Montreal book launchSusan Bostrom-Wong, Jungian analyst and painterHagit Shahal, painterSonia Shalit, ceramistEliaz Slonim, painterBernard X Bovasso, painter and poet; Soul Violin; the book of symbols; Mira Raman, painter; Benjamin Shiff; Yoram Bouzaglo

 Benjamin Shiff - Painter of Faith and Love

Yoram Bouzaglo - photographer, artist


visit the website of Yoram Bouzaglo

Philemon - a dreamed reality

 Philemon was a figure that appeared to Jung in a dream in 1913. He has lent his name to the Philemon foundation, which has made Jung's Red Book available.


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The Book of Symbols


The Archives for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) has published this beautiful book of symbols. For a preview, please click here

Mira Raman's The Fifth Day, from her Genesis series of paintings, appears on the cover of the ebook "Will Fishes Fly in Aquarius- Or Will They Drown in the Bucket?" (Fisher King Press, 2011)

You can see more of her paintings at Mira Raman Art.


  Psyche & the City - Montreal book launch


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Bernard X Bovasso, painter and poet

  Here is a painting I dreamed during 1958 at a time when I was writing to Dr. Jung. In The dream it appeared as a painting hanging in a gallery. When I awoke i copied it brush stroke for brush stroke. I call it my soteriological painting with Eve, Mother Israel and Mary.

  If you would like to read more about this painting, please click here


   NEW BOOK:Poems: Brief Intervals: ROBB: A Gnostical Closet Drama In Two Acts

by Bernard X Bovasso


The Poetry section of the book makes frequent use of the fictional fiery dragon traditionally wrought as both a serpent and a bird in its relation to the fictional nature of a virgin that represents a pure or immanent form of potential. But such mythogenic poems share space with poems of a comely nature and often in parody mocking a modern way of life. This would follow in the American tradition known as “Dark Rromanticism” exemplified by Melville and Poe and running, as such, counter to the Transcendental idealism of Emerson that was more concerned with the implementation of a perfect social structure by way of communes and later defined as Socialism. The Dark Romanticists, by contrast emphasized  the inner experience of the sublime as defined by Edmund Burke  composed in fear and dread.

        The second half of the book in its dramatic form starts out with a noir circumstances but finally resolves in a “happy ending” where Agape love is transformed into love as Eros. In that case the play begins in Death and ends in Life representing the dual personality of its protagonist known as the Painter Robb and his double, the philosopher  Prof. Borr, both situated in their mutual afterlife interlude.

Although Bernard X Bovasso is essentially a painter and poet, he has published three works in the subjects of Psychology and Ontology for AuthorHouse Pub:

 1):The Polyimagical Realm:

 2):The Masculine Mysteries:

  3):Animus Rising.

 Front cover illustration by the author.

  Back Cover Text: “The present work combines two different forms but of similar content: a poetic form and a dramatic form noted as “closet” drama because intended for reading rather than a staged production. In both cases erotic content is presented in allusion to a variety of  metaphors overlapped in the erotic play of opposites. Any literal erotic content is thus ambivalent  insofar as the sublime aspect of coniunctio competes with its common and familiar demonstrations."

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   Eliaz Slonim, painter


  you find more of Eliaz's paintings at the wonderland of the artist

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  Sonia Shalit, Ceramist

  The Ra'anana Municipality has acquired four pieces by Sonia Shalit for a permanent exhibition of her works in the Ra'anana City Hall. This is one of the pieces, spring 2010:


The sculpture Manima by Sonia Shalit appears on the cover of Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return, and in the Jung Journal: Psyche and Culture, February 2010


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   Susan Bostrom-Wong, Jungian analyst and painter

     Take a tour of Susan Bostrom-Wong's exceptional paintings, where you find, among many exceptional works of hers, the painting Susan provided for the cover of the book Enemy, Cripple & Beggar:


  If you look closely, you find layers of images embedded in the human figure of this fine painting. As with the human shadow, perhaps Emerging represents our need to look within to find the vital symbols and hidden aspects of our evolving selves.


    Hagit Shahal

Hagit Shahal's works are found in numerous collections in Israel and abroad, among them:

The Israel Museum collection, Jerusalem

The National Museum of Slovakia, Bratislava

Israel Discount Bank collection

The Joseph Hackmey Collection, Tel Aviv

David Louis collection– Royal Beach Hotel, Eilat

Ran Rahav collection, Savyon


    See more of Hagit's portraits and paintings

Read Whose portrait is it, really? (Hebrew; English), in Hagit Shahal, Seeing Me, Seeing You. Catalogue and Exhibition. Tel Aviv: Montefiore Art Gallery.

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Soul Violin
A performance by Ida Daniel with prominent actor Itzhak Finzi
Performed in Sofia, Bulgaria, European Day of Jewish Culture, September 2010 The Soul Violin is a journey through arts and Judaism, using the image of the violin: the violin as an instrument that expresses the fine movements of the soul, and also the soul as so tender and light as a delicate violin. The performance was staged twice on the European Day of Jewish Culture, and is scheduled again for January 2011, in a big tent in the Sofia city park. Two spaces were created: one serving as the space of the here and now, while in the other, one can travel through the imagination of Jewish authors.

In the one space, the great Bulgarian actor Itzhak Finzi played the violin and shared memories, accompanied by a young drummer. The combination of a violin and a drum set created the feeling of a music that soon will fade out.

When looking to the other space, with the help of two young actors, one could travel through the imagination of Jewish authors. Starting with a Ladino fairy tale, then through the deeply involving combination of two Israeli texts – an excerpt from Erel Shalit’s “The Hero and his Shadow,” and Haviva Pedaya’s poem “One who speaks to the absent,” going further in the Chagall-esque movement improvisation of no words, ending with the Ashkenazi story “The haunted violin.” These were all accompanied by the projection of pictures from the Sarajevo Haggada, German miniatures of Jews and Jewish places from the Middle Ages, and paintings by Mark Chagall and other contemporary painters. The performance of Soul Violin was conceived and created by young Bulgarian poet, theater maker and cultural activist Ida Daniel. She has staged three plays: “Everyman” by anonymous author, “What happened after Nora left her husband or the pillars of society” by Elfride Jelinek, and “Dagmar the Dead or the Little Matchgirl” by the young Bulgarian author Svetozar Georgiev.