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6. Jun.

A prescription for art and culture

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When the doctor says: Visit the museum!

Why not go to the museum more often?
It is proven to increase mental well-being and your physical health!

What may initially sound like a marketing strategy for artists and culture professionals, has now been scientifically proven. In a long-term study London researchers have found that cultural activities have beneficial effects on people’s health. A regular visit to the museum, a theater performance or a concert, for example, reduces the risk of a depressive illness. Read more about it in the article
Your doctor recommends: culture in “Psychology Today” (German language).

Now, doctors in Canada are going one step further: working with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, they can now offer their patients a prescription for free museum visits. It has become clear to doctors since the 1980s that both the mental and the physical condition of a patient can be improved by the hormones released during a visit to the museum. In the case of prescribed art, several people are helped at the same time: the patient as well their companion benefit from healing and preventative measures.
Read the article “Doctors in Montreal can now prescribe a visit to an art museum“.

What has now been scientifically proven is what the Symbolon-Method® has been showing since 2000. With a reflective approach to art, not only new and unforgettable experiences and insights, but also the understanding of one’s own multi-layered personality and the understanding for other people become possible. Artworks provide a platform which, through the association method, provide each individual personality with the leeway to easily lead their own self-reflection processes.
So why not regularly go to the museum and get involved in art while floating from artwork to artwork with the help of newly released feel-good hormones?

With the Symbolon Art4Reflection, you can experience extraordinary tours through museums worldwide with various Symbolon specialists. You will encounter 3 selected masterpieces and immerse yourself in reflection processes that will make your visit to the museum unforgettable.

To professionalize your reflection skills, online reflection training is available for you.
Book a package, log in and independently experience about 14 hours of theory and practice.

Image: Christine Kranz, Symbolon Art4Reflection guided tour, 2018, Kunsthaus Zürich
(with approval of the participants)

This is a translation of the German blog article Kunst und Kultur per Rezept posted on June 4th 2019 by Christine Kranz

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8. Oct.

How Art contributes to Self-Knowledge

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Draw new knowledge for the business world by reflecting and contemplating art

With increasing pressure in the business world, the individual need for approaching the inner core grows. Inwardly directed questions arise: What is my uniqueness? What is important to me? What is the meaning of my doing? True self-knowledge offers fundamental answers to these questions. The gained inner clarity of a self-knowledge process releases energy for change and sustainable development. In this process, art can help. Artwork forms a unique platform to facilitate self-reflection without any detours. They invite the viewer to look beyond the limits of his or her thought and action patterns and to grant him/herself new space for development.

Art causes cultural change

We are surrounded by art and richly gifted with a variety of ways to experience it. Many companies recognize the importance of artwork beyond the material value and allow their employees to design their workplace with self-selected art. Art adds colour, vitality, movement, expression to the world and the workplace.

A huge selection of museums and public collections offers a wealth of creative works from many centuries. Artists have always shaped the spirit of the times and are an integral part in the development of civilization. Companies and people are also in constant cultural change. They need stimulating and strengthening influences, which open up forward-thinking options and enable holistic personality and corporate development.

Reflection work with paintings

Each type of art carries messages and triggers individual impulses. If art is applied for gaining insights the observer dives into his or her own inner world of images. Without even being artistically gifted, the observer takes on what is depicted and starts his/her own creative process. This happens in different ways, because the viewer relates his/her own life-experience to the artwork and therefore creates an individual relationship with it. The contemplation of art enlivens thoughts and feelings. In this process, every artwork becomes a newly created work, that never existed before and in exactly this one way is only perceptible for the observer.

Art in business

Using art is especially helpful in business since factual and analytical aspects are dominant in everyday work life. The imagery adds colour to black and white perspectives and highlights nuances. Observing art and reflection does not require an intellectual investigation of brushstrokes or art epochs. What is needed is an “open yourself up” attitude for new ideas. There should be no interpretation into the artwork or the artist because it is not about the assessment of this artwork. For the desired insights it is all about the artwork that has been created inside the observer. How does the image affect the observer? What thoughts are triggered by the symbols portrayed in the artwork? The associations stand in direct relation to the current situation of the observer. To follow the mental trails and transferring them into the current job context, immediately leads to new awareness and thus creates new actions and decision scopes. By reflecting artwork self-knowledge grows.

This is a translation of the German blog article Wie Kunst zur Selbsterkenntnis beiträgt posted on May 21th 2016 by Christine Kranz

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