Neomania #48. Pythagoras the harmony of the cosmos
We start the year by turning our eyes to the birth of Philosophy. Our Western civilisation has its roots in Greek Philosophy that emerged in Athens. Early philosophers, such as Pythagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans, conceived of the universe as a harmonious cosmos.
They thought that the movement of the celestial spheres produced sublime music, which we cannot hear because we are accustomed to it from birth. His school gave us a vision of the world that could be translated into numbers, with music and harmony.
Something similar is what we wish you for the new year. Mental order and peace of spirit wrapped in beauty.
For this reason, we offer you a range of painters from three different centuries:
William Blake, an English visionary, mystic, writer, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Blake was a prophet who saw painting and literature as two means of expression for a single spiritual mission.
The best-known of the French Impressionists, Claude Monet, delights us with an extraordinary exhibition, from the Musée Marmottan in Paris, now in CentroCentro in Madrid. It is the largest exhibition of him ever seen in Spain.
We also pay tribute to the universal Catalan, Antoni Tapies, celebrating his centenary.
The spiritual dimension that silence reaches in his works returns today with revolutionary force. Tapies gave his painting an essentiality that can only be explained by his desire to strip it of everything.
In the field of Architecture, we offer current visions of two of the great masters: the American Frank Lloyd Wright and the Canadian Frank Gerhy. As recent and original architecture, we discover the House of Music in Hungary, created by the Japanese You Fujimoto, in the middle of a forest next to a lake.
In the field of fashion, we provide the visual echo of the “latest cry” of designers such as Akris, Elie Saab, Leonard Paris and Victoria Tomas. As news: the Taiwanese Shiatzy Chen whose style is described as “neo-Chinese chic” and a label from Los Angeles-Paris, with a funny name: Enfants Riches Deprimés (Depressed Rich Kids).
Enjoy this cocktail of creativity and beauty to get off to a good start and better philosophy for 2024.
Like Pythagoras, we want to contribute a little order and calm to these chaotic times. We intend that, through these pages, you can share a vision of the world that harmonises creativity, mystique and beauty.