I think the Dr. Guislain Museum might be my new favourite place on the planet.
It’s quietly, disturbingly beautiful.
The founder of the insane asylum, Professor Joseph Guislain (1797 - 1860), was among the precursors of modern psychiatry. He was one of the first in our country to approach insanity as a disease for which one could be treated.
In 1851 the city council of Ghent and the Committee of Civil Hospices decided to build a new and scientifically sound insane asylum. Finally, Guislain could put his theories concerning psychiatry into practice.
It’s considered to be the first psychiatric institute in Belgium.
Exhibition: Nervous women
Two centuries of women and their psychiatrists
In the 19th century some women seemed to go mad due to a lack of behavioural freedom.
In the early 21st century, some women actually seem to succumb to the burden of ‘freedom’.
Nervous women is an exhibition about mania, melancholia, weak nerves, theatrical tics, passionate love, self-mutilation, boredom, rebellion and self-starvation.