Museum Dr. Guislain reviews
We were in Ghent for only a night and visited this as we were leaving. An asylum that houses outsider art. Breathtakingly inventive and tragic at the same time. The asylum is still being used by... more »
Absolutely the most challenging and thought provoking gallery/museum I’ve been in. After a lacklustre trip to the design museum and SMAK - this was a beacon of inspiration. Go, let the hairs stand up.... more »
This museum used to house a fantastic history of psychiatry, with rooms full of tools, machines, learning props, etc. Sadly this has been replaced by a very mediocre ‘art’ exhibit, containing a very limited number of interesting exhibits and a lot of photo’s and paintings related to mental health. Granted, there is some nice stuff included, but a lot of it is available in other museums, in better settings. The old museum had a unique quality and atmosphere, but sadly there’s no trace of it left.
The art exhibitions are interesting and so is the current one on phycology/madness but the booklet guide is awful. Very difficult to find the information regarding pieces on display as you would have to find the piece that has everything sorted alphabetically rather than the order they are displayed. Would of also been good if there was more information on the asylum itself. I would definitely go back though if I was in Gent again.
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