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A journey into art, madness and the unconscious. An exploration of visionary artists and the creative impulse, from the Flemish Masters of the Renaissance to the avant-garde movement of Surrealism and the unsung geniuses of Art Brut and Outsider Art.

Featuring artists Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, Vincent Van Gogh, William Blake, Edvard Munch, Salvador Dali and many more.

Featuring interviews with art historians, artists, museum curators, psychiatrists, neuroscientists; and over 350 artworks from prestigious museums and collections worldwide including Tate Britain, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Prinzhorn Collection, Rijksmuseum, La Halle Saint Pierre, ABCD Collection, Outsider Art Fair, Wellcome Collection, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Lombroso Museum, Freud Museum, MAHHSA, Lille Métropole Museum of Contemporary and Outsider Art, Maisons Victor Hugo, Adamson Collection, Museum Dr Guislain, Henry Boxer Gallery and Museum Im Lagerhaus. 

ABOUT

Art & Mind explores the relationship between art and madness. The theme of madness inspired some of the most incredible painters in history, but mad people often experienced an unstoppable urge to create art too. Art & Mind also investigates how visionary and avant-garde artists sought to explore their unconscious mind as an inspiration for their art.

The theme of madness inspired artists since the Middle-Ages to create truly magnificent paintings: the “Stone of Madness” by Hieronymus Bosch and the Flemish Masters, the apocalyptic visions of Pieter Bruegel, compelling depictions of asylums by Goya and countless portraits of madness including Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear.

Art & Mind traces the advances in the understanding of the human mind and its influences on art. The emergence of the unconscious inspired Romantic artists to explore the hidden realms of dreams and visions in their art. Emerging psychology theories of Sigmund Freud and his contemporaries later became a major source of inspiration for the Surrealists.

The border between visionary creation and madness is sometimes tenuous, and many artists experienced bouts of madness. Van Gogh cut his own ear while confined in a psychiatric hospital, William Blake had conversations with dead poets, Goya was hearing voices and Munch was convinced of being condemned into madness since birth. The Surrealists Leonora Carrington, Unica Zürn and Antonin Artaud also spent time confined in asylums and captured their experiences of madness in their art. 

Stories of outsider artists are just as inspiring, ranging from the 45-volumes magnum opus of Adolf Wölfli to the compelling portraits of schizophrenia by Bryan Charnley. Art & Mind unveils the history of Art Brut, from its foundations in the dark corners of Victorian asylums to being exhibited in the world’s finest galleries, museums and private collections. 

Paul Rumsey - Cage Head

Paul Rumsey - Cage Head

Hieronymus Bosch - Ship of Fools

Hieronymus Bosch - Ship of Fools

Otto Dix - The Mad Woman

Otto Dix - The Mad Woman

 

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UPCOMING SCREENINGS

 
 

June 16th, Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
20:00, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA

June 17th, Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
13:00, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA

June 24th, Nicolai Biograf, Kolding, Denmark
Skolegade 2A, 6000 Kolding, Danemark

June 29th, Jarvis Conservatory, Napa, California, USA
16:00, 1711 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA

June 29th, Jarvis Conservatory, Napa, California, USA
19:00, 1711 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA

July 8th, Nicolai Biograf, Kolding, Denmark
Skolegade 2A, 6000 Kolding, Danemark

July 14th, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Corner Market &, Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

July 14th, Cineplex, Marburg, Germany
Biegenstraße 8, 35037 Marburg, Germany

July 14th, ProLi Kino, Passau, Germany
Unterer Sand 13, 94032 Passau, Germany

July 16th, Capitol, Marburg, Germany
Biegenstraße 8, 35037 Marburg, Germany

July 16th, Derby QUAD, Derby, UK
Cathedral Quarter, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS

July 17th, Nicolai Biograf, Kolding, Denmark
Skolegade 2A, 6000 Kolding, Danemark

July 18th, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 18th, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 18th, Derby QUAD, Derby, UK
Cathedral Quarter, Market Place, Derby DE1 3A

July 19th, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 19th, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 20th, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, New South Wales, Australia
69 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251, Australia

July 20th, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 20th, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 21st, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
30 Hargraves St, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia

July 21st, Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
137 Gifford St, Falmouth, MA 02540, USA

July 21st, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Corner Market &, Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

July 21st, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 21st, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 21st, Adria, Berlin, Germany
Schloßstraße 48, D-12165, Berlin, Germany

July 21st, Cineplex Rundkino, Dresden, Germany
Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany

July 21st, Cineplex, Amberg, Germany
Regensburger Str. 1, 92224 Amberg, Germany

July 21st, Cineplex, Bayreuth, Germany
Hindenburgstraße 2, 95445 Bayreuth, Germany

July 21st, Cineplex, Neumarkt, Germany
Dammstraße 1, 92318 Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany

July 21st, Cineplex Planken, Mannheim, Germany
P4 13, 68161 Mannheim, Germany

July 22nd, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, New South Wales, Australia
69 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251, Australia

July 22nd, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 22nd, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 23rd, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 23rd, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 24th, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

July 24th, New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

July 27th, Luna Leederville, Perth, Australia
155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

July 28th, Luna Leederville, Perth, Australia
155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

July 30th, Luna Leederville, Perth, Australia
155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

August 26th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 26th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 27th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 27th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 28th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 28th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 29th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

August 29th - Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

September 6th - The Flicks, Boise, Idaho, USA
646 W Fulton St, Boise, ID 83702, USA

September 6th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 7th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 8th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 9th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 10th - Hopewell Theater, Hopewell, New Jersey, USA
2019, 5 S Greenwood Ave, Hopewell, NJ 08525, USA

September 10th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 11th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 12th - Globe Cinema, Calgary, Canada
617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1, Canada

September 14th, The Florence Griswold Museum, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA
The Kate, 300 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475, USA

October 3rd, Museum Ovartaci, Aarhus, Denmark
Katrinebjergvej 81, 8200 Aarhus, Danemark

December 5th, Springfield Museums, MA, USA
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103



PAST EVENTS

WORLD PREMIERE - SOLD OUT
April 27th, THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, UK

Presented by ICA X Freud Museum
Q&A with director Amélie Ravalec, Raw Vision Magazine editor John Maizels
and psychiatrist & chair of the Adamson Collection Dr David O’Flynn

April 27th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
April 28th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
April 28th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
April 28th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

April 30th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
April 30th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

May 1st, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 1st, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 1st, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 2nd, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 2nd, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 4th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

May 5th, Art House Crouch End, London, UK
With Q&A by director Amélie Ravalec
May 5th, Bio Roy, Gothenburg, Sweden
May 5th, Capri Theatre x Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, USA
Introduced by Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Curator, Alice Novak
May 5th, Prestige Filmtheater, Künzelsau, Germany
May 5th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 6th, Tartu Elektriteater, Tartu, Estonia

May 7th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UKMay 8th, Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham, UK
May 8th, Lark Theater, Larkspur, California, USA
May 8th, The Lyric Cinema x Museum of Art Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
May 8th, Splendid Palace, Riga, Latvia

Introduced by Professor of Psychiatry Maris Taubes
May 8th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 9th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 9th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 9th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 10th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea

May 10th, Studio Skoop, Ghent, Belgium
x Museum of Fine Arts and Museum Dr Guislain
Introduction by director Amélie Ravalec
May 10th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 11th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 11th, Lark Theater, Larkspur, California, USA
May 11th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 11th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 12th, Filmhuis Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Netherlands
May 12th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 14th, Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 14th, Tartu Elektriteater, Tartu, Estonia
May 14th, Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, Arizona, USA

May 14th, Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, Arizona, USA
May 15th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Supported by Phoenix Art Museum
May 15th, Bijou Art Cinemas, Eugene, Oregon, USA
May 15th, Filmhuis Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Netherlands
May 16th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea

May 16th, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, California, USA
Introduced by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Petr Janata
May 16th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
May 16th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

May 16th, The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona, USA
May 16th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA

May 16th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 17th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

May 17th, Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita, Oregon, USA
May 17th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
May 17th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 17th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 18th, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 18th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA

May 18th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
May 18th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
May 19th, Duke of York's Picture House, Brighton, UK

Q&A from director Amélie Ravalec
May 19th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
May 19th, The Showroom, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
May 19th, Acme Screening Room, Lambertville, New Jersey, USA

Q&A with mental health counselor Bambi Thorne Kuhl and therapist, Christyne Siliverdis
May 19th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
May 19th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
May 19th, The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona, USA
May 21st, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
May 22nd, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
May 23rd, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 23rd, The Leatherhead Theatre, London, UK
May 24th, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
May 24th, Acme Screening Room, Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
May 24th, Tartu Elektriteater, Tartu, Estonia
May 25th, Fine Arts Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
May 25th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
May 26th, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 26th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA

May 26th, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 26th, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 27th, Cinema, Filmkunstkino, Dusseldorf, Germany
May 30th, Tartu Elektriteater, Tartu, Estonia
May 30th, Cinema, Filmkunstkino, Dusseldorf, Germany
May 30th, The Paramount, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
May 31st, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
June 1st, Zoetropolis Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
June 1st, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
June 1st, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA

June 2nd, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
June 2nd, Zoetropolis Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
June 2nd, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA

June 3rd, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 3rd, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 3rd, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 3rd, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 4th, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
June 4th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 4th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 4th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 5th, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
June 5th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 5th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 5th, Multisala Barberini, Rome, Italy
June 10th,
Multisali Verdi, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
June 10th, IMG Cinemas Candiani di Mestre, Venice, Italy
June 11th,
Multisali Verdi, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
June 11th, IMG Cinemas Candiani di Mestre, Venice, Italy
June 12th, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
June 13th, Splendid Palace, Riga, Latvia
June 14th, Capitol, Marburg, Germany
June 14th, Cineplex, Marburg, Germany
June 14th, Cineplex, Marburg, Germany


March 20th, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Art, Madness and Visionary Artists -Talk by director Amélie Ravalec

 

DIRECTOR

Amélie Ravalec is a London-based Parisian director. Her previous documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay traced the origins of Industrial music, from the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene. Industrial Soundtrack opened theatrically May 2015 with over 130 screenings in 30 countries, and was acquired by ARTE TV in 2017. The film was featured in The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Vice, Pitchfork, Fact, The Wire...

Ravalec’s debut film Paris/Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno documented the underground movement of techno through the lens of two very different cities, from secret Parisian parties to Berlin’s infamous Berghain club. Paris/Berlin was released in 2012 in 18 countries and won the Festival Pick Award at Sydney’s Fringe Festival in 2013. 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

CONTACT

For screening requests and press enquiries, please contact artandmindfilm@gmail.com