exhibition
© 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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