Marres, Huis voor Hedendaagse Kunst

Exhibition 'Images of the Unconscious'

Until 6 June

Exhibition

Visit the special exhibition Images of the Unconscious from the art collection of Centro Psiquiátrico Nacional. Visit Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht.

Expressing sadness

In 1946, the Brazilian psychiatrist Nise da Silveira started the Occupational Therapy Ward at the Centro Psiquiátrico Nacional in Rio de Janeiro. In a time when psychiatric treatment methods such as electroshock, lobotomy, and insulin coma were conventional, she believed that in order to help patients, they should be allowed to express their grief, not be numbed.

Creative activities

Her creative activities proved to be a powerful means both to calm schizophrenics and access their inner worlds. The drawings of circular forms they made —some complex, others showing harmonious structures – intrigued Da Silveira. She sent some samples to the famous psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. He saw in these mandalas a confirmation of his theory of the universal language of symbols. Art critics were also impressed by their quality. Over the years, the rare collection grew to approximately 400,000 works and is officially recognized as artistic Brazilian heritage.

Unique collection

The exhibition Images of the Unconscious displays a selection of works from this remarkable collection. It presents artworks by Adelina Gomes, Carlos Pertuis and Fernando Diniz, who each worked with Nise da Silveira for nearly half a century, including neolithic sculptures, a series of painted floral transformations, sun paintings made with wax crayons and the mandala drawings hailed by Jung.

Visitor information

Access

Included in the museum ticket.

Netherlands Museum Pass valid

Date

Until 6 June

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Location

Marres, Huis voor Hedendaagse Kunst

Capucijnenstraat 98
6211 RT Maastricht
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043 - 32 70 207

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