Helene Hoerni-Jung

18 March 1914 – 1 July 2014

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Helene Hoerni-Jung. She died peacefully on 1 July 2014 in her house in Küsnacht near Zurich at the old age of 100 years. As the youngest child of Carl and Emma Jung-Rauschenbach and the last of her generation in the Jung family still alive at the time she belonged to the main advocates of the creation of our foundation in 2007. Initially a trained tailor she turned to the study of psychology, pedagogics and religion in the middle years of her life, an ever deepening engagement that bore fruit in her later years with the publication of three books dealing with the mysticism of Eastern orthodox icons and the figure of the “unknown Petrus”. A clear mind remained her great gift until the very last days, which made her an important source of first-hand information for us on the life and work of Carl and Emma Jung. She will be deeply missed.

Die Kraft der Bilder – Obituary Helene Hoerni-Jung in NZZ am Sonntag, 13 July 2014

The Red Book

Fine Art Prints

In 2013 an exclusive selection of 77 images from the Red Book went on sale as large format fine art prints. The production company DigitalFusion from California developed a new digital printing technique for absolute colour fastness, including a novel laser engraving signature certifying the authenticity of the works. The company worked closely with the curator of the main show of the 55th Venice Biennale in exhibiting a selection of images from its limited edition print series alongside with the original manuscript of the Red Book. Never before have reproductions been allowed in the Biennale, which testifies to the high quality of the prints and their unique visual power.

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

55th Biennale di Venezia

From June to November 2013 the original manuscript of C.G. Jung’s Red Book was exhibited in the international pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. The curator Massimiliano Gioni built the concept for his show „Il Palazzo Encyclopedico“ on Jung’s Red Book and its visually powerful illustrations.


The Black Books

Following the successful release of the facsimile edition of the Red Book (Liber Novus) in 2009, the so-called Black Books of C.G. Jung are being prepared for publication. In the years 1913 to 1932 Jung recorded in these books his unique self-experimentation that he called his ‘confrontation with the unconscious’. These notes contained the basis for the calligraphic and magnificently illustrated Red Book. Half of the text in the Red Book derives directly from the Black Books. The contents of the Black Books are being prepared for publication by Sonu Shamdasani, editor of the Red Book, in cooperation with the publisher W.W. Norton and with support of the Philemon Foundation. In total 6 volumes – as in the original sequence of the Black Books – will be edited as facsimile, translated into English and furnished with accompanying text and annotations.