Laboratory of Illusion and Fantasy
22.10.16 – 28.05.17
Where lies the boundary between fantasy and reality? How can we distinguish dream from delirium, illusion from wish,
hallucination from discernment? How can we explore or imagine what takes place elsewhere? The exhibition covers two
centuries, starting from the many questions concerning psychosis, hallucination and illusion. Not to give a classic
historic account, but to elucidate five unique oeuvres from this period that balance between art, knowledge and
science. J.J. Grandville, Gustav Mesmer, Gerard Heymans, Jean Perdrizet and Mathew Kneebone each created or mapped
out a different universe, thus trying to grasp the ungraspable in their own way. These are worlds in which pencils
walk, bicycles float, the distance between two parallel lines is variable, typewriters are in contact with the
deceased and street lamps stop shining when you walk past them. Another World creates passages: from this one to the
other, between the other worlds among themselves, and perhaps also from the other world back to this one.
Until 11th of June there is an exhibition on Gustav Mesmer in art et marges that is linked to the exhibition Another world.
In collaboration with : Gustav Mesmer Stiftung / Museum Dr Guislain