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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. 

RELEASE date: April 27 2019

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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SCREENINGS

 
 

LONDON PREMIERE
April 27th, THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, UK

Presented by ICA X Freud Museum
Q&A from director Amélie Ravalec
18:45, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

May 1st, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 2nd, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 3rd, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 4th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 5th, Bio Roy, Gothenburg, Sweden
15:30, Kungsportsavenyen 45, 411 36 Göteborg, Sweden

May 5th, Capri Theatre x Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, USA
1045 E Fairview Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106, USA

May 7th, Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham, UK
The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA

May 8th, Lark Theater, Larkspur, California, USA
549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939, USA

May 8th, The Lyric Cinema x Museum of Art Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
1209 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA

May 8th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 9th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 10th, Studio Skoop, Ghent, Belgium
Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent, Belgium

May 10th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 11th, Lark Theater, Larkspur, California, USA
549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939, USA

May 11th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 12th, Filmhuis Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Netherlands
Pettemerstraat 3, 1823 CW Alkmaar, Netherlands

May 13th, Filmhuis Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Netherlands
Pettemerstraat 3, 1823 CW Alkmaar, Netherlands

May 14th, Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pazzanistraat 4, 1014 DB Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 14th, Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Sedona, Arizona, USA
2030 AZ-89A suite a-3, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

May 14th, Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Sedona, Arizona, USA
2030 AZ-89A suite a-3, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

May 15th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

May 15th, Bijou Art Cinemas, Eugene, Oregon, USA
492 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA

May 15th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 16th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

May 16th, The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona, USA
127 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

May 16th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 16th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 17th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA

May 17th, Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita, Oregon, USA
594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130, USA

May 17th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 17th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA

May 17th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA

May 17th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 18th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 18th, Elephant Space, Seoul, Korea
459-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

May 19th, Duke of York's Picture House, Brighton, UK
Q&A from director Amélie Ravalec
Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4NA

May 19th, The FilmBar, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

May 19th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 19th, The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona, USA
127 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

May 21st, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

May 21st, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

May 24th, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA

May 25th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 26th, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

May 27th, Cinema, Filmkunstkino, Dusseldorf, Germany
Schneider-Wibbel-Gasse 5-7, 40213 Dusseldorf

May 30th, Cinema, Filmkunstkino, Dusseldorf, Germany
Schneider-Wibbel-Gasse 5-7, 40213 Dusseldorf

June 1st, Zoetropolis Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
112 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

June 1st, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

June 2nd, Zoetropolis Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
112 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

June 2nd, Time and Space, Hudson, New York, USA
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA

June 12th, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA

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

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 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, 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 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 - 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

More screenings announced soon.

PAST EVENTS

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