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© Ronny Delrue

Tabula Rasa

25.04.15 - 24.05.15

The exposition ‘Tabula Rasa’ is a project complementary to the exposition ‘Dark Chambers’ and is the result of an intense collaboration with LUCA School of Arts.

The literal translation of ‘Tabula Rasa’ is clean slate. The term refers to what is nowadays known as the idea of starting with a blank page, starting from scratch. The contemporary artworks in the exhibition connect melancholia with volatility, the human memory and the dynamics between old and new. The white chambers of Tabula Rasa connect and simultaneously contrast with ‘Dark Chambers’ and puts the exposition into a new perspective.

Participating artists: Marc De Blieck, Ronny Delrue, Lucas Devriendt, Tom Hallet, David Huycke, Margarita Maximova, Ellen Schroven, Irja Syvertsen, Ad van Campenhout, Hannelore Van Dijck, Philip Van Isacker en Nel Verbeke.
Curator: Wim Lambrecht

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Dees De Bruyne

An artistic life
14.03.15 - 31.05.15

In 1991, the artist Dees De Bruyne was living in the attic of the Dr. Guislain Psychiatric Centre for several weeks. He was a resident who was in regular contact with the patients, which laid the foundation of a series of paintings characterized by passion, eroticism, aggression and a disrupted world-view. Dees De Bruyne was celebrated by one and loathed by the other. For the Museum Dr. Guislain, the series Madness? gave rise to an exhibition displaying the works of this artist from Ghent.

 

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©Stephan Vanfleteren

Facing Japan

12.06.15 - 13.09.15

With the support of the Flanders Center in Osaka ten renowned Flemish photographers travelled to Japan. Marleen Daniëls, Nick Hannes, Michiel Hendryckx, Jimmy Kets, Maroesjka Lavigne, Tony Le Duc, Charlotte Lybeer , Stephan Vanfleteren, Sarah Van Marcke and Rob Walbers tried to capture Japan in their own way. A country that fires the imagination, but at the same can be very compelling.

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©Robin Hammond

Condemned

Robin Hammond
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

Difficult crises that have struck the population of Sub-Saharan Africa over the last fifty years, have left their mark on mental health. The care for the mentally ill is limited – the means are insufficient and the stigma is enormous. New Zealand photographer Robin Hammond, winner of the 2014 Dr. Guislain Award, portrayed these people: a voiceless minority banished to forsaken corners in churches, traumatised former child soldiers chained to rusty hospital beds, people who are doomed to spend their lives behind bars.

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©Karin Borghouts

The House

Karin Borghouts
12.06.15 - 30.08.15

A fire destroyed the parental house of photographer Karin Borghouts. The blackened interior evoked feelings of chaos and destruction, but at the same time created an estranging beauty in the abandoned devastation: a scorched painting, a black mirror, a porcelain figurine covered with soot and ashes. Borghout’s intuitive decision to capture this unexpected event, resulted in a very exceptional and personal series.

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© Wenzel Hollar (1607–1677)

Characteristic Faces

On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks
14.03.15 - 27.09.15

Prejudice and stereotypes are as old as humanity itself. In Ancient Greece there already was lots of speculation on the meaning of bodily and facial structures. What does the face hide? Is there a way of ‘reading’ the head? Does the ‘born criminal’ exist?

Why do we believe that the outside tells something more about the inside, about our way of thinking and our talents? Characteristic Faces. On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks questions the relationship between inside and out and its presence in psychiatry, criminology, and the public opinion. The exhibition illustrates this intriguing but problematic history. At the same time it shows how these old notions are still present today. The role prejudice and stereotypes play in the media and in everyday life must not be underestimated.

Characteristic Faces is a coproduction with Teylers Museum in Harlem, The Netherlands.

A richly illustrated catalogue of the same name accompanies the exhibition. (Dutch and Eng., 160 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo)

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Nouvelle Iconographie de la Salpêtrière, 1893, Tome VI, Planche XXX. Museum Dr. Guislain Gent

(Photo)sensitive

Psychiatrist Patients Portraits 1865-2015
12.06.15 - 11.10.15

The emergence of the mental institution and the early development of photography coincide around mid-nineteenth century. Psychiatrists and photographers quickly become interested in each other’s world. Until well into the twentieth century patients are photographed as a form of inventory, an attempt to document the illness rather than the ill. In the 1960’s the relationship changes: photographers start to use their pictures to denounce the abuses in psychiatry. The mental hospital as an institution is no longer evident. The fascination with photography still plays an important role in psychiatry. But the stakes have changed: the patient himself starts to work with the medium and gives an insight into his own world. (Photo)sensitive - Psychiatrists Patients Portraits 1865-2015 shows a long and intense history of unexpected and surprising recurring motifs: convulsive hands, strange bodily curves, half hidden medical instruments.

The summer also brings three other expositions: Facing Japan, Condemned and The House.
These exhibitions will be opened mid June and are a part of 80 Days of Summer festival in Ghent.

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© Erwin Olaf

Dark Chambers

On melancholy and depression
18.10.14 - 31.05.15

The tormented and depressed soul has always provoked questions. What is the difference between a depressed genius and the madman haunted by melancholic temperaments? What is the influence of the different bodily fluids on a man’s state of mind? Was melancholy caused by an excess of black bile? In which way is man subject to the changing of the seasons and what is the mysterious role of the planet Saturn?

Dark Chambers shows different forms of this age-old melancholy, but also sheds light on its contemporary and pathological counterpart, depression. It shows that melancholy has not only affected many artists and researchers, but also has inspired them. Dark Chambers takes a closer look at this artistic fascination and confronts it with the psychological dimension.

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition (N/F/E, 144 p., Uitgeverij Hannibal).

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Tabula Rasa

25.04.15 - 24.05.15

The exposition ‘Tabula Rasa’ is a project complementary to the exposition ‘Dark Chambers’ and is the result of an intense collaboration with LUCA School of Arts.

The literal translation of ‘Tabula Rasa’ is clean slate. The term refers to what is nowadays known as the idea of starting with a blank page, starting from scratch. The contemporary artworks in the exhibition connect melancholia with volatility, the human memory and the dynamics between old and new. The white chambers of Tabula Rasa connect and simultaneously contrast with ‘Dark Chambers’ and puts the exposition into a new perspective.

Participating artists: Marc De Blieck, Ronny Delrue, Lucas Devriendt, Tom Hallet, David Huycke, Margarita Maximova, Ellen Schroven, Irja Syvertsen, Ad van Campenhout, Hannelore Van Dijck, Philip Van Isacker en Nel Verbeke.
Curator: Wim Lambrecht

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Dees De Bruyne

An artistic life
14.03.15 - 31.05.15

In 1991, the artist Dees De Bruyne was living in the attic of the Dr. Guislain Psychiatric Centre for several weeks. He was a resident who was in regular contact with the patients, which laid the foundation of a series of paintings characterized by passion, eroticism, aggression and a disrupted world-view. Dees De Bruyne was celebrated by one and loathed by the other. For the Museum Dr. Guislain, the series Madness? gave rise to an exhibition displaying the works of this artist from Ghent.

 

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exhibition

Characteristic Faces

On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks
14.03.15 - 27.09.15

Prejudice and stereotypes are as old as humanity itself. In Ancient Greece there already was lots of speculation on the meaning of bodily and facial structures. What does the face hide? Is there a way of ‘reading’ the head? Does the ‘born criminal’ exist?

Why do we believe that the outside tells something more about the inside, about our way of thinking and our talents? Characteristic Faces. On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks questions the relationship between inside and out and its presence in psychiatry, criminology, and the public opinion. The exhibition illustrates this intriguing but problematic history. At the same time it shows how these old notions are still present today. The role prejudice and stereotypes play in the media and in everyday life must not be underestimated.

Characteristic Faces is a coproduction with Teylers Museum in Harlem, The Netherlands.

A richly illustrated catalogue of the same name accompanies the exhibition. (Dutch and Eng., 160 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo)

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Dark Chambers

On melancholy and depression
18.10.14 - 31.05.15

The tormented and depressed soul has always provoked questions. What is the difference between a depressed genius and the madman haunted by melancholic temperaments? What is the influence of the different bodily fluids on a man’s state of mind? Was melancholy caused by an excess of black bile? In which way is man subject to the changing of the seasons and what is the mysterious role of the planet Saturn?

Dark Chambers shows different forms of this age-old melancholy, but also sheds light on its contemporary and pathological counterpart, depression. It shows that melancholy has not only affected many artists and researchers, but also has inspired them. Dark Chambers takes a closer look at this artistic fascination and confronts it with the psychological dimension.

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition (N/F/E, 144 p., Uitgeverij Hannibal).

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