with Andreas Jung, Architect, C.G. Jung’s Grandson

with Andreas Jung, Architect, C.G. Jung's Grandson

Mr. Jung is an architect, and is devoted to the Jung House and was instrumental in the publication of a beautiful book, “The House of C.G. Jung” which tells the story of the original building as well as the restoration in recent years. He showed us many artifacts, books, and art objects in Jung’s library and consulting room. One surprise was the amount of Christian iconography in the house, including reproductions of three medieval stained glass windows depicting the passion of Christ (visible in a famous photo of Jung at his desk), a negative print of the Shroud of Turin (which he kept covered by a green cloth for protection, and which he confessed to a correspondent, Bernhard, was his “source” of power), as well as a Madonna and Child in the entrance hall, and a number of Renaissance and Baroque reproductions. He also had a small Buddha on his desk, and another on the wall in the study. I learned that Emma also saw patients, and used the library for her own psychological writings – I want to do some further research to explore her contributions! In the sitting room where Mr. Jung receives visitors, a portrait of Jung is hung where originally Jung kept a large silk Boddhisattva hanging, flanked by a soulful oil portrait of Jung’s Swiss pastor father, and a smaller painting of his grandfather, a medical doctor. I was moved by the soulful and quite sad face of Jung’s father in the portrait (not as severe as I would have expected!) Evidence of Jung’s respect and even reverence for his family genealogy appears in such paintings in the house, as well as an inscription detailing the male ancestors and heirs which he carved over a fireplace in Bollingen. Mr. Jung shared that Jung’s father was depressed, had doubts about his faith but felt he could not change his “Berufung” (calling); Jung felt from early childhood that religious experience comes from within. Surrounded by pastors all his life, including both his father’s colleagues and pastors on his mother’s side of the family, Jung was frustrated with the intellectualization he perceived in their form of religion. All his life sought to find his own experiential way, leading him to a lifelong passion for universal symbols and cultural parallels. C.G. Jung died when Mr. Jung was 19, and was not frequently present with his grandchildren because he was so preoccupied with his work, but he was kind as a grandfather, and is admired and his work carefully preserved and protected by the current generation of the family.
Jung in his study
(Note: I have promised not to post any detailed photos of the interior of the house. I have cropped the portrait of C.G. Jung over the couch in this photo so it cannot be copied online. To see a larger image of the setting go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. For more images from Jung’s actual library and consulting room, see the book The House of C.G. Jung, ed. Andreas Jung et al and the Stiftung C.G. Jung Kusnacht.) I’ve been told that plans are underway by the Stiftung to publish all the portraits and images associated with the Jung estate and these may appear in a few years.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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