activity

Look

05.11.17 - 27.05.18

“Kijk” (“Look”) is a social artistic project, the idea behind which is bring together people from inside and outside of the world of psychiatry. We invite you to an activity that takes place every Sunday. You can watch a film, you can draw and/or try some of fresh home-made pastry. There’s no ‘must’, only ‘can’. See you then!

When? Every Sunday between 13:30 and 15:00. 

Where? In the café “Het Badhuis” of the museum Dr. Guislain, Jozef Guislainstraat 43, 9000 Gent

Price? It’s free!

Who are we? “Kijk”-team consists of volunteers of the psychiatric center. 

More info?  You can find it here:  https://wiazemsky.eu/kijk

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Nek Chand

The Cabinets

Art Collections from the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum
24.06.17 - 30.12.20

Art is an essential part of life. It touches us, stimulates our imagination and makes us reflect about mankind and society. Because of its virtuosity and expressiveness, art can be shamelessly beautiful and evoke a sense of awe.

Contemporary museums exhibit work by professional artists. Few museums focus on collecting and exhibiting work from original talents, people who did not get the opportunity to study art or who are not part of the regular art circuit for one reason or another. They are usually artistic loners, nonconformists, who make unorthodox choices in terms of the materials and techniques they use. Their motifs are often personal. Their works are intense and unique.

The Cabinets provides a platform for ‘solitary creators’ whose work will be arranged in changing presentations: recent acquisitions are exhibited, vulnerable works are returned to the depot and new themes are addressed.

The Cabinets is a collaboration between the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum. It presents works of some thirty different artists.

The Museum Dr. Guislain’s collection started off with a small collection of visual art created by artistically-gifted psychiatric patients and mentally challenged persons. In 2002, the collection in Ghent expanded tremendously with the internationally acclaimed collection of De Stadshof Collection Foundation, which is on long term loan. This top-of-the-bill collection – from naïve art to art brut – has more than 6,000 pieces by nearly 400 outsider artists such as A.C.M., Herman Bossert, Nek Chand, Paul Duhem, Luiz Figueiredo, Madge Gill, Siebe Wiemer Glastra, Bertus Jonkers, Pavel Leonov, Bonaria Manca, Markus Meurer, Michel Nedjar, Oswald Tschirtner, Willem van Genk, and August Walla.

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The history of psychiatry

permanent collection
01.10.07 - 30.12.20

What is the extraction of the stone of madness? How do shamans expel evil spirits? What was the effect of the ‘rotation therapy’, invented by Belgian’s first psychiatrist Joseph Guislain? What objects protect us from disease and madness? What does present-day psychiatry look like?

In the course of history people have dealt with madness through a mixture of magic and religion, coercion and care, supervision and science. The unreasonable have been punished, anointed, cared for and cured.

The history of mental health care has known a good deal of desperation, malpractices and sometimes unjustified euphoria. The mental patient confronts us with questions that are hardly answerable and problems that are anything but easy to solve. How do we deal with those who are different? How do we deal with that which is different in ourselves?

The permanent exhibition on the history of psychiatry also pays attention to madness in other cultures and to contemporary questions, problems and ideas. By presenting the terms ‘madness’ and ‘mental illness’ in their historical and cultural contexts, the Museum Dr. Guislain wants to challenge the line between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’.

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Imagine the brain, imagining human

27.04.18 - 27.05.18

Angst, or dread, is usually considered to be a negative emotion. Fear is functional for survival, an appropriate response to protect yourself from harm. For thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre the  realisation that we are free causes dread, but this also forces us to take responsibility for our actions. Their discourse stands in stark contrast with medical or neurological accounts of dread as a pathological condition, in need of therapy. Although potentially alleviating the negative aspects of anxiety, such perspectives also diminish its positive potential. This series of artistic interpretations of the concept of anxiety was created by the iArts students, under guidance of artist Juul Sadée and philosopher Laurens Landeweerd. Angst is presented from a subjective, existential, social, and a neurological viewpoint.

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Summer Guests

16.06.18 - 23.09.18

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Crime scenes, aliens and flower turtles adorn the vibrant workspace of Galerie Atelier Herenplaats. This remarkable initiative offers artists with a mental disability or a psychiatric background a place for experiment. These artists are represented in European and American collections and exhibited internationally. The pieces that Museum Dr. Guislain has selected from the atelier’s extensive collection comes together in a universe that tempts and amazes, and sometimes unexpectedly pulls us in.

Kunsthuis Yellow Art

In 2004 the parental house of Jan Hoet became the breeding ground for artists with a psychiatric vulnerability. In this way, Kunsthuis Yellow Art claimed its place in the psychiatric history of Geel, a city famous for its century-old family care system. For Yellow Art integration is also the key word. Museum Dr. Guislain dove into the depots of this arthouse, opened an endless amount of folders, roamed around the workshop and browsed through filing cabinets. A  journey alongside spherical structures and mountainscapes, populated by enticing ladies and shiny domestic appliances.

Het Vijfde Seizoen en Beautiful Distress

On the fringes of the institution Willem Arntsz Hoeve in Utrecht there is a separate pavilion. The building houses a special initiative: Het Vijfde Seizoen (the fifth season). Each season, since 1998, the initiators of the project invite one or more known or lesser known artists to live there for 3 months and create at least one piece. A similar project started in the psychiatric institution Kings County in New York in 2014, called Beautiful Distress. This summer in Ghent the selection of pieces made during artist residencies in Utrecht and New York turns into a manifest: artists break down the age-old walls surrounding psychiatry from the inside out.
In collaboration with Esther Vossen, curator.

 

 

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Tatjana Gerhard

Anxiety

11.11.17 - 27.05.18

Terrorist attacks, nuclear threats, blinding political tensions: fear rules the world, but also our lives. What is our money still worth? How will climate change determine our future? Fear is an instinctive emotion and largely determines our actions. In response, we are seeking control as something to hold on to: lack of control makes us feel powerless. On the other hand, too much control makes us feel uneasy and suspicious. Do we want to be spied on by security cameras? Is our data safe on the internet? Fear has a strong impact on everyone: it spreads like wildfire. How do psychiatrists and psychologists deal with this fear that is omnipresent? They seek methods of treatment, from therapeutic talks to deep brain stimulation. Or are we in fact attracted by fear – when it is packaged as entertainment – and does it protect us against impending doom – as a survival mechanism?

The exhibition Anxiety wants to show the many faces of this emotion, since fear is something of all times and cultures but has always been experienced, cultivated and combatted in a different way. From ‘God-fearing’ to fear of one’s fellow man, from highly personal phobia to mass hysteria.

 

 

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Zoe Beloff

Emotions Go to Work

Zoe Beloff
11.11.17 - 27.05.18

Ever since the 19th century, people have been collecting scientific data from the human body and cataloguing emotions. Today, technology is used to turn our emotions into valuable assets: emotion is becoming capital. Smart devices try to gain our trust in order to compile information. In Emotions Go to Work New Yorker Zoe Beloff explores where this evolution is taking us. Can these technological systems understand our feelings? Will emoticons determine our emotional life? As technology takes on more and more emotional characteristics, how will they change the nature of our desires?

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exhibition

Anxiety

11.11.17 - 27.05.18

Terrorist attacks, nuclear threats, blinding political tensions: fear rules the world, but also our lives. What is our money still worth? How will climate change determine our future? Fear is an instinctive emotion and largely determines our actions. In response, we are seeking control as something to hold on to: lack of control makes us feel powerless. On the other hand, too much control makes us feel uneasy and suspicious. Do we want to be spied on by security cameras? Is our data safe on the internet? Fear has a strong impact on everyone: it spreads like wildfire. How do psychiatrists and psychologists deal with this fear that is omnipresent? They seek methods of treatment, from therapeutic talks to deep brain stimulation. Or are we in fact attracted by fear – when it is packaged as entertainment – and does it protect us against impending doom – as a survival mechanism?

The exhibition Anxiety wants to show the many faces of this emotion, since fear is something of all times and cultures but has always been experienced, cultivated and combatted in a different way. From ‘God-fearing’ to fear of one’s fellow man, from highly personal phobia to mass hysteria.

 

 

Read more
exhibition

Emotions Go to Work

Zoe Beloff
11.11.17 - 27.05.18

Ever since the 19th century, people have been collecting scientific data from the human body and cataloguing emotions. Today, technology is used to turn our emotions into valuable assets: emotion is becoming capital. Smart devices try to gain our trust in order to compile information. In Emotions Go to Work New Yorker Zoe Beloff explores where this evolution is taking us. Can these technological systems understand our feelings? Will emoticons determine our emotional life? As technology takes on more and more emotional characteristics, how will they change the nature of our desires?

Read more
activity

Look

05.11.17 - 27.05.18

“Kijk” (“Look”) is a social artistic project, the idea behind which is bring together people from inside and outside of the world of psychiatry. We invite you to an activity that takes place every Sunday. You can watch a film, you can draw and/or try some of fresh home-made pastry. There’s no ‘must’, only ‘can’. See you then!

When? Every Sunday between 13:30 and 15:00. 

Where? In the café “Het Badhuis” of the museum Dr. Guislain, Jozef Guislainstraat 43, 9000 Gent

Price? It’s free!

Who are we? “Kijk”-team consists of volunteers of the psychiatric center. 

More info?  You can find it here:  https://wiazemsky.eu/kijk

Read more
exhibition

The Cabinets

Art Collections from the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum
24.06.17 - 30.12.20

Art is an essential part of life. It touches us, stimulates our imagination and makes us reflect about mankind and society. Because of its virtuosity and expressiveness, art can be shamelessly beautiful and evoke a sense of awe.

Contemporary museums exhibit work by professional artists. Few museums focus on collecting and exhibiting work from original talents, people who did not get the opportunity to study art or who are not part of the regular art circuit for one reason or another. They are usually artistic loners, nonconformists, who make unorthodox choices in terms of the materials and techniques they use. Their motifs are often personal. Their works are intense and unique.

The Cabinets provides a platform for ‘solitary creators’ whose work will be arranged in changing presentations: recent acquisitions are exhibited, vulnerable works are returned to the depot and new themes are addressed.

The Cabinets is a collaboration between the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum. It presents works of some thirty different artists.

The Museum Dr. Guislain’s collection started off with a small collection of visual art created by artistically-gifted psychiatric patients and mentally challenged persons. In 2002, the collection in Ghent expanded tremendously with the internationally acclaimed collection of De Stadshof Collection Foundation, which is on long term loan. This top-of-the-bill collection – from naïve art to art brut – has more than 6,000 pieces by nearly 400 outsider artists such as A.C.M., Herman Bossert, Nek Chand, Paul Duhem, Luiz Figueiredo, Madge Gill, Siebe Wiemer Glastra, Bertus Jonkers, Pavel Leonov, Bonaria Manca, Markus Meurer, Michel Nedjar, Oswald Tschirtner, Willem van Genk, and August Walla.

Read more
exhibition

The history of psychiatry

permanent collection
01.10.07 - 30.12.20

What is the extraction of the stone of madness? How do shamans expel evil spirits? What was the effect of the ‘rotation therapy’, invented by Belgian’s first psychiatrist Joseph Guislain? What objects protect us from disease and madness? What does present-day psychiatry look like?

In the course of history people have dealt with madness through a mixture of magic and religion, coercion and care, supervision and science. The unreasonable have been punished, anointed, cared for and cured.

The history of mental health care has known a good deal of desperation, malpractices and sometimes unjustified euphoria. The mental patient confronts us with questions that are hardly answerable and problems that are anything but easy to solve. How do we deal with those who are different? How do we deal with that which is different in ourselves?

The permanent exhibition on the history of psychiatry also pays attention to madness in other cultures and to contemporary questions, problems and ideas. By presenting the terms ‘madness’ and ‘mental illness’ in their historical and cultural contexts, the Museum Dr. Guislain wants to challenge the line between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’.

Read more
exhibition

Imagine the brain, imagining human

27.04.18 - 27.05.18

Angst, or dread, is usually considered to be a negative emotion. Fear is functional for survival, an appropriate response to protect yourself from harm. For thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre the  realisation that we are free causes dread, but this also forces us to take responsibility for our actions. Their discourse stands in stark contrast with medical or neurological accounts of dread as a pathological condition, in need of therapy. Although potentially alleviating the negative aspects of anxiety, such perspectives also diminish its positive potential. This series of artistic interpretations of the concept of anxiety was created by the iArts students, under guidance of artist Juul Sadée and philosopher Laurens Landeweerd. Angst is presented from a subjective, existential, social, and a neurological viewpoint.

Read more