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

Encountering the Other

IArts
22.04.21 - 16.05.21

Encephalon… The area of the central nervous system includes all higher nervous centers enclosed within the skull. A metaphor for connection. Our brains are comparable to a network that is constantly connecting and interacting with every other system in our body. We, as iArts students we want to explore the mysteries of the mind.

Iarts is a community of multidisciplinary artists. Bringing together artistic research and creation, the community aims to promote projects created and realized through artistic leadership guiding the application of social and cultural aesthetics. Within the framework of the project: “Imagining Brain, imagining human”, we want to discover the connection between the brain and the urge of creating. We will try to understand why we make art and what is the reason for the urge to make art.

This project will be in collaboration with the Dr Guislan museum of psychiatry in Ghent, a collaboration that will help us combine scientific and ethnographic research with artistic and cultural research. Moreover, we will work on different products and processes related to the link between psychiatry, arts, culture, society, and philosophy. The themes of the project are inspired by the museum’s exhibitions such as: “Body and mind” and “Fascination with the other”. It should be noted that the museum hopes to succeed in proving that ‘psychiatric disorders are not purely medical. Socio-cultural and ideological structures can dramatically determine our attitude towards mental illness. The goal of the Dr Guislan museum goes beyond the history of psychiatry. The exhibitions and the other activities are questioning the distinction between normal and abnormal.

A project that will invite us to meet new people, new places, new acquaintances. Art can be the place of a meeting with others. Encountering with others is in our human nature. This has always been a fundamental experience for our species. Therefore, the topic of our project “Encountering With the Other” will allow us to explore the connection between humans and how do we perceive each other.

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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.

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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
exhibition

Encountering the Other

IArts
22.04.21 - 16.05.21

Encephalon… The area of the central nervous system includes all higher nervous centers enclosed within the skull. A metaphor for connection. Our brains are comparable to a network that is constantly connecting and interacting with every other system in our body. We, as iArts students we want to explore the mysteries of the mind.

Iarts is a community of multidisciplinary artists. Bringing together artistic research and creation, the community aims to promote projects created and realized through artistic leadership guiding the application of social and cultural aesthetics. Within the framework of the project: “Imagining Brain, imagining human”, we want to discover the connection between the brain and the urge of creating. We will try to understand why we make art and what is the reason for the urge to make art.

This project will be in collaboration with the Dr Guislan museum of psychiatry in Ghent, a collaboration that will help us combine scientific and ethnographic research with artistic and cultural research. Moreover, we will work on different products and processes related to the link between psychiatry, arts, culture, society, and philosophy. The themes of the project are inspired by the museum’s exhibitions such as: “Body and mind” and “Fascination with the other”. It should be noted that the museum hopes to succeed in proving that ‘psychiatric disorders are not purely medical. Socio-cultural and ideological structures can dramatically determine our attitude towards mental illness. The goal of the Dr Guislan museum goes beyond the history of psychiatry. The exhibitions and the other activities are questioning the distinction between normal and abnormal.

A project that will invite us to meet new people, new places, new acquaintances. Art can be the place of a meeting with others. Encountering with others is in our human nature. This has always been a fundamental experience for our species. Therefore, the topic of our project “Encountering With the Other” will allow us to explore the connection between humans and how do we perceive each other.

Read more
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.

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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