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We will reopen on the 19th of May!

Book your ticket online.
19.05.20

We are most happy to welcome you again in the museum from Tuesday May 19th !
Necessary measures are taken for a safe visit.

Before

Reservation is needed, even when your entrance is free. We are able to ensure  social distancing. We use timeslots of 1 hour.

Book your ticket at least 2 hours before your visit:

- Preferrably book your ticket online.

- By e-mail : info@museumdrguislain.be

- By phone : +32 (0) 9 398 69 50

- You receive a confirmation of your reservation.

- Do you feel ill? Stay at home, you can rebook your visit at a later date.

On the way

- The only entrance of the museum is Jozef Guislainstraat 43. Cross the rails of the tramway and turn to the right before entering the white gate.

- Parking is free

On the spot

Help us to beat the coronavirus!

- Do not come to the museum without reservation.

- Please pay contactless.

- Hand sanitizer is available at the museum.

- We frequently disinfect the spaces, with special attention to the toilets, handrails and door knobs.

- Our collaborators take the necessary precautions and wear masks.

- Protect our collaborators and each other by wearing a mask during your visit.

- Do not bring too many bags, so you won’t need a locker.

- If you want to use a locker anyway, have a coin of 2 euros ready.

- The museum shop is closed. But you can buy our catalogue Unhinged at the ticket office.

- The museum café stays closed until further notice.

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

 

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Webinar Engagement from a distance

09.06.20 - 09.06.20

Tuesday June 9th 2020, 11.00 – 12.30 hour GMT / The registrations have now been closed.

How do you reconcile an ongoing community project with social distancing? For a number of practitionars and community workers, this question is currently very important. After all, it is far from self-evident for people in a vulnerable situation to participate in  digital communities. Certainly if meeting physically with others and doing hands-on activities are essential to support their wellbeing and mental health.

To explore how we can develop expertise to support people in a vulnerable situation online, some partners from the heritage and mental healh sectors in Flanders came together. They already are working together in a serie of projects in the program Cultural heritage, health and wellbeing. With this international webinar ‘Engagement from a distance’ they want to share best practices and discuss the topic of community engagement from a distance with colleagues from all over the world.

Organized by Museum Dr. Guislain and FARO. Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage

Program

  • 11h00 Introduction by Bart De Nil (FARO)
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  • 11h10 Ilse Mariën (imec-SMIT-VUB) Taskforce e-inclusion and the COVID-19 crisis in Flanders: Prof. Dr. Ilse Mariën is a post-doc researcher at imec-SMIT, a research institution attached to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where she is leading several policy-oriented projects related to the societal impact of digitalization, digital inequalities, digital skills and e-inclusion. Ilse heads the Data Governance and Communities Unit – a team of over 15 junior and senior researchers – and coordinates the Databuzz program which focuses on strengthening data literacy within schools and adult education. During the COVID-19 crisis, she founded the Taskforce e-inclusion together with over 20 civil society organisations, local authorities, researchers and industry actors. The aim of the Taskforce is to rapidly tackle the lack of access to digital tools amongst vulnerable groups and provide online and offline support to those lacking digital skills.
  • 11h30 Tom Vansteenkiste (Recovery Academy Antwerp) Online safeguarding if you are working with vulnerable participants: Tom Vansteenkiste is psychologist and coordinator within the psychiatric services of Zorggroep Multiversum. During his professional career he build up expertise in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery oriented care for people with serious mental illness. As coordinator of the Antwerp Recovery Academy he is firmly convinced that working with cultural heritage benefits the recovery process of mentally vulnerable people. He works with archives, museums and libraries on several pilots. He is now examining how to work with clients of the psychiatric services and the Recovery Academy in an online and virtual context whilst safeguarding it as a safe place.
  • 12h50 Claire Wellesley-Smith (Open University) Local Colour and Bradford Covid-19 Stitch Journal: Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, writer and researcher based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She delivers the long-term artist residency ‘Local Colour’. A hands-on community project in Accrington, Lancashire which is now continuing to work online. She also led the Bradford Covid-19 Stitch Journal project. This community textile project largely took place virtually due to social distancing requirements.
  • 12h10 Q&A
  • 12h30 Presentation program international conference ‘Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2’ on 10 and 11 december 2020 in Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent.
exhibition

Imagine the Brain | Imagining Human

For the past few weeks, the first year students of iArts Maastricht have been creating works inspired by the collection ‘Unhinged’’ in museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent. Categorized under the themes architecture, power & powerlessness, body & mind, classification and imagination, Unhinged is a presentation of the story that lies between the walls of the building that the museum is housed in, namely a mental hospital. It explores the question: What is psychiatry and how might we imagine a museum of psychiatry? And questions the position of psychology and psychological well-being in a society that is growing more and more complex. 

Museum Dr. Guislain combines scientific and ethnographic research with research in arts, culture and all the facets of social and medical history, which laid a great base for iArts students to build their own paths of (artistic) research on. Multiple visits to the museum led to individual explorations on the topics of the brain and mental health and spending time in the building, learning about its history fueled them artistically and showed them the many different approaches they could take to the topics at hand. Additionally, attending a lecture on a possible connection between creativity and madness by Dr. Louis Sass helped them further develop their own ideas toward the creation of their artworks. 

Initially intended for an exhibition in Museum Dr. Guislain itself, we kindly invite you to experience our works on this digital platform as a result of the current COVID-19 situation. We hope to exhibit the many different directions each of us took within this research and hope you enjoy our final works.

exhibition
Bram Antheunis

Collage

in collaboration with Coupee Collage Collective
20.06.20 - 30.08.20
exhibition

Danser brut

in collaboration with Bozar
24.09.20 - 10.01.21

Body and soul. Controlled and spontaneous. Within and beyond the limits. Danser brut offers an atypical perspective of dance, body and movement. An exhibition focusing on every form of movement: from carousels to dance epidemics, from trance to hysteria, from the mental institution to the stage. Using an intriguing mix of outsider art, modern and contemporary art, medical archive documents, film fragments… Danser brut investigates different forms of expression using the body, face and hands to translate people's place in the world.

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

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.

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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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