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18 March 2004

Prinzhorn Collection a Crowd-Puller

The Prinzhorn Collection of Heidelberg University's Psychiatric Hospital arouses major interest at exhibitions in Belgium, Switzerland and Berlin — 20,000 people have seen the exhibition in Ghent

The Prinzhorn Collection is on show in Ghent at present and has attracted a host of enthusiastic visitors. Since last October, 20,000 people have seen the exhibition "Geheim Schrift" at the Dr. Guislain Psychiatry Museum. It closes on 31 March. The opening of the exhibition attracted as many 600 guests, a figure well in excess of the number of people the Collection attracts on its home ground!

Back in 2002, the volumes, exercise books and calendars of the Collection were on show in Heidelberg and at the Municipal Museum of Jena under the title "Wunderhülsen & Willenskurven". Ghent is the third exhibition location. The Belgian translation of the catalogue, in an edition of 1,000 copies, is sold out. The Ghent exhibition also features a short film "In Absentia" (2000) by the brothers Quay, two British video artists, and centring on the script graphics of Emma Hauck, representing yearning letters to her husband. Another segment of the exhibition is given over to a presentation of artworks by the contemporary Belgian artists Christophe Fink, Gaston de Mey and Thierry de Cordier, all of whom incorporate handwriting into their work. Visitors can also view a collection of photographic portraits of psychiatric patients dating from the period between 1870 and 1940.

At the moment works from the Prinzhorn Collection are also on view in the framework of the Swiss exhibition "Ecriture en délire" (Lausanne, Collection de l'Art Brut, ends 31 May) and at the Berlin exhibition "10+5=God — The Power of Signs" (Jewish Museum, ends 27 June).

Lausanne, Collection de l'Art Brut, till 31 May
Berlin, Jewish Museum, till 27 June

Please address any inquiries to
Prinzhorn Collection
Psychiatric Hospital
University of Heidelberg
Monika Jagdfeld M.A.
Public Relations Office
Voßstrasse 2
D-69115 Heidelberg
phone : 06221/564275, fax : 561723
www.prinzhorn.uni-hd.de

Irene Thewalt
Press Office of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542311
presse@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317
michael.schwarz@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de
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