For Hier woont mijn huis (This is where my house lives) the Dr. Guislain Museum uses its own special architecture as a source of inspiration for the presentation of five variations on the theme ‘living and madness’.
How do people treat psychiatric architectural heritage? And how has ‘living and madness’ inspired artists and outsiders?
In 2009 Christopher Payne (New York, USA) depicted in photographs the large, abandoned psychiatric institutions in the United States, and did so with exceptional precision: in search of signs of habitation, domesticity and intimacy in the abandoned, mastodon architectural style. UR Architects document the similarities with and differences from the situation in our own country.
In a series of photographs Peter Granser (Stuttgart, Germany) brings a report on his visit to a psychiatric institution in Normandy. The photographer sets out in search of traces of life in the anonymous hospital environment. A hole in a wall, drawings on the floor, an unmade bed: signs of making a place one's own.
Eddo Hartmann (Amsterdam, Netherlands) allows visitors to bear witness to the remarkable condition in which he found his parent's home: a disconcerting combination of style and the unraveling of life.
During the course of his life (1912-2001) Robert Garcet (Eben Ezer) designed a strange tower: the most imposing and famous folly in Belgian architecture. A giant model of this will be exhibited, together with artworks from the tower. Juul Sadée interweaves the concepts and work of Robert Garcet with her own work and that of Ralph Noort into a ‘situation’.
And outsider artists are, when it comes to the theme of ‘from house and home to homelessness’, all inspired in their own ways.