exhibition
August Walla

Dr. Guislain Museum. Outsider Art: In search of European roots

at the The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
19.11.20 - 29.11.20

The history of Art Brut or so called Outsider Art is not linear and has many pitfalls. From psychotic art over the Bildnerei der Geisteskranken and Jean Dubuffet’s Art Brut, to Harald Szeemann’s Individual Mythologies and Roger Cardinal’s conceptualization of Outsider Art. For decades, there has been an enormous interest and fascination for self-taught and non-commercial artists. Ideas on this kind of art have changed over time and minds shifted from one point to another. All terms and concepts that have been used to describe this art form have failed and are still up for discussion.

Dr. Guislain Museum. Outsider Art: In search of European roots presents internationally known artists from the renowned Belgian collection, constructed around the literature that formed the ideas on this ‘other’ art form. The exhibition confronts the public with the evolution of this European history and how it indirectly emancipated isolated artists, but at the same time still causes conflicting opinions.

Symposium

Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2

International conference
10.12.20 - 11.12.20

That culture can create a social value and have a positive impact on health and wellbeing is not just a matter of belief. It’s possible, provided that cultural organisations develop sustainable offerings or develop community engagement in close co-operation with communities, third parties in the care and social sectors and the health sector. Engagements that meet the needs of people and communities, no other agenda.

In many places around the world archives, libraries, museums, galleries, universities and organisations in the health care sector are working together on long-term trajectories, projects and innovative activities. Many of these focus on using collections or creative community engagement to improve the wellbeing of people as well as measuring and evaluating the impact of those interventions.

This conference wants to bring together, on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th December 2020 in Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent (Belgium), individuals from the public, academic and voluntary sectors to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions with the aim of improving the wellbeing and health of people recovering from mental health problems or people in a vulnerable situation. More info about the event on the Faro website. 

 

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

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

- Preferrably book your ticket online (during visiting hours)

- By e-mail : info@museumdrguislain.be (during visiting hours)

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- 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

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- 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.

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

 

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. 

Danser brut is organized by BOZAR, Brussels and Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent after an original concept by LaM, The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art.

 

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

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. 

Danser brut is organized by BOZAR, Brussels and Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent after an original concept by LaM, The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art.

 

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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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