exhibition

Altered States - Joachim Koester

20.03.21 - 13.06.21

Joachim Koester’s oeuvre can be described as a stroll through unknown territories, both geographical and mental. The exhibition Altered States brings work together that investigate these borderlands. An ‘altered state of consciousness’ refers to a temporary change in the mental state. The cause is often external, such as a drug or a ritual, but also internal, such as a psychosis or simply a daydream. Koester shares his fascination with the effect of intoxicants with shamans and hippies, but also with psychiatrists. The latter recognised the therapeutic possibilities, but they were also confronted with the destructive power. Joachim Koester’s work delves into the historic context in which drugs were grown, traded and used, and draws parallels with the contemporary situation. Big and small stories impartially reveal our relationship with intoxication.

exhibition

Tussen ons

02.10.20 - 30.05.21
Lecture

Lezing Benoît Peeters - Sándor Ferenczi: Psychoanalysis’ Beautiful Loser

(online)
21.04.21 - 21.04.21

Today many societal debates on topics such as identity, community and mental health are influenced by psychiatry and its history. However, the influence is often underexposed. To get a grip on those debates, insight into the turbulent history of psychiatry and the characters that shaped it, are crucial. Therefore, Dr. Guislain Museum organizes a series of lectures in the spring of 2021 on some remarkable psychiatrists.

A second presentation will be held on 21 April 2021 at 8 PM (CET) on Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933). The story of Sándor Ferenczi might appear to be that of a “beautiful loser”. He is the favorite disciple of Freud, but struggles between fascination and desire for emancipation in this tumultuous father-son-like relationship. Visionary therapist, precursor of the most contemporary reflections on child abuse, Ferenczi ended up slandered and disqualified by his peers, before being gradually rediscovered. Between Vienna and Budapest, in a disintegrating Austro-Hungarian empire, Ferenczi appears as an essential witness of a turbulent era: from the birth of psychoanalysis to the rise of Nazism.

Writer and critic, Benoît Peeters was born in 1956 in Paris. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and defended a Master’s degree supervised by Roland Barthes. He wrote different essays on various subjects, and the official biography of Jacques Derrida (2010). The book has been translated into English (Polity Press) and ten other languages. A long association with the artist François Schuiten has led to the series of graphic novels called Les cités obscures (The Obscure Cities). 

Practical information:

When? 21 April 2021, 8 PM – 9:15 PM (CET), with the possibility for Q&A

Where? Online, via Zoom (after registration).

The presentation will be held in English!

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MindTour

01.09.20 - 31.12.22

Until the end of 2022 the Dr. Guislain Museum is one of the participating partners in the project MindTour (Mindful Tourism Services for Mentally Disordered People). This Erasmus + funded project aims to make tourism organisations (with a special focus on museums) more accessible to people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability.

Duration: 01/09/2020 – 31/12/2022

Budget for the total project: 232.539 euro

Project partners:

  • Estonia: University of Tartu and Pärnu Museum
  • Latvia: University of Latvia and Zeit Hotel
  • Belgium: Thomas More Mechelen-Antwerpen and Dr. Guislain Museum

Main target groups:

  • Organisations that offer tourism services
  • Persons with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability and their families
  • The participating higher education institutions

Results:

  • Situation scan of the current regional tourism services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability
  • To develop and test prototypes of tourism services
  • Implementation roadmap for the creation and upscaling of the prototypes
  • Assessment tool for the evaluation of accessibility of tourism services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability
  • The results of this study will be published through various channels and methods.

Project collaborators Dr. Guislain Museum:

  • Yoon Hee Lamot: exhibitions, communication and international projects
  • Kristine Timperman: educational service and community projects
exhibition

Altered States - Joachim Koester

20.03.21 - 13.06.21

Joachim Koester’s oeuvre can be described as a stroll through unknown territories, both geographical and mental. The exhibition Altered States brings work together that investigate these borderlands. An ‘altered state of consciousness’ refers to a temporary change in the mental state. The cause is often external, such as a drug or a ritual, but also internal, such as a psychosis or simply a daydream. Koester shares his fascination with the effect of intoxicants with shamans and hippies, but also with psychiatrists. The latter recognised the therapeutic possibilities, but they were also confronted with the destructive power. Joachim Koester’s work delves into the historic context in which drugs were grown, traded and used, and draws parallels with the contemporary situation. Big and small stories impartially reveal our relationship with intoxication.

exhibition

Tussen ons

02.10.20 - 30.05.21
exhibition

Unhinged

On Jitterbugs, Melancholics and Mad-Doctors
12.10.19 - 31.12.22

Madness deranges, it throws us off balance, and makes us lose our footing. It leads us to the edge of normality. But where does the norm end and chaos begin? And who decides where to draw the line?

Unhinged, the new collection presentation, tells the story of fools, idiots and madmen, but also stresses the importance of mental wellbeing in an increasingly complex society. Through five themes the exhibition analyses that ‘other’ that disturbs as well as fascinates. For a long time ‘abnormal’ behaviour was locked up in impressive institutions, but today psychiatric care reaches far beyond those walls. The exhibition draws attention to the evolution and influence of power relations in psychiatry and tries to grasp the many labels that are a help as well as a hindrance. It brings the mind-body debate to the fore and shows how imagination gives perspective and makes the unspeakable visible.

Unhinged mixes unique pieces with compelling anecdotes, big theories with hidden testimonies. Objects, books and arts come and go. Rather than burying psychiatry in history, Unhinged emphasizes the acute importance of mental health today.

exhibition
Nek Chand

The Cabinets

Art Collections from the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum
11.02.20 - 16.05.21

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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exhibition

Altered States - Joachim Koester

20.03.21 - 13.06.21

Joachim Koester’s oeuvre can be described as a stroll through unknown territories, both geographical and mental. The exhibition Altered States brings work together that investigate these borderlands. An ‘altered state of consciousness’ refers to a temporary change in the mental state. The cause is often external, such as a drug or a ritual, but also internal, such as a psychosis or simply a daydream. Koester shares his fascination with the effect of intoxicants with shamans and hippies, but also with psychiatrists. The latter recognised the therapeutic possibilities, but they were also confronted with the destructive power. Joachim Koester’s work delves into the historic context in which drugs were grown, traded and used, and draws parallels with the contemporary situation. Big and small stories impartially reveal our relationship with intoxication.

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exhibition

Tussen ons

02.10.20 - 30.05.21
Read more
news

MindTour

01.09.20 - 31.12.22

Until the end of 2022 the Dr. Guislain Museum is one of the participating partners in the project MindTour (Mindful Tourism Services for Mentally Disordered People). This Erasmus + funded project aims to make tourism organisations (with a special focus on museums) more accessible to people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability.

Duration: 01/09/2020 – 31/12/2022

Budget for the total project: 232.539 euro

Project partners:

  • Estonia: University of Tartu and Pärnu Museum
  • Latvia: University of Latvia and Zeit Hotel
  • Belgium: Thomas More Mechelen-Antwerpen and Dr. Guislain Museum

Main target groups:

  • Organisations that offer tourism services
  • Persons with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability and their families
  • The participating higher education institutions

Results:

  • Situation scan of the current regional tourism services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability
  • To develop and test prototypes of tourism services
  • Implementation roadmap for the creation and upscaling of the prototypes
  • Assessment tool for the evaluation of accessibility of tourism services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental vulnerability
  • The results of this study will be published through various channels and methods.

Project collaborators Dr. Guislain Museum:

  • Yoon Hee Lamot: exhibitions, communication and international projects
  • Kristine Timperman: educational service and community projects
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exhibition

Unhinged

On Jitterbugs, Melancholics and Mad-Doctors
12.10.19 - 31.12.22

Madness deranges, it throws us off balance, and makes us lose our footing. It leads us to the edge of normality. But where does the norm end and chaos begin? And who decides where to draw the line?

Unhinged, the new collection presentation, tells the story of fools, idiots and madmen, but also stresses the importance of mental wellbeing in an increasingly complex society. Through five themes the exhibition analyses that ‘other’ that disturbs as well as fascinates. For a long time ‘abnormal’ behaviour was locked up in impressive institutions, but today psychiatric care reaches far beyond those walls. The exhibition draws attention to the evolution and influence of power relations in psychiatry and tries to grasp the many labels that are a help as well as a hindrance. It brings the mind-body debate to the fore and shows how imagination gives perspective and makes the unspeakable visible.

Unhinged mixes unique pieces with compelling anecdotes, big theories with hidden testimonies. Objects, books and arts come and go. Rather than burying psychiatry in history, Unhinged emphasizes the acute importance of mental health today.

Read more
exhibition

The Cabinets

Art Collections from the Collectie De Stadshof Foundation and the Dr. Guislain Museum
11.02.20 - 16.05.21

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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