00:00 - 00:00 GMT
27-Feb-04 - 08-Apr-04
Gateshead Central Library [map]
Valetudo is a sequence of documented paintings by resident psychiatric women patients in the asylum in Southern France where Vincent van Gogh spent his final year and where some of his finest paintings were produced.
The women’s work possesses powerful dramatic resonance, each painting a revelatory work of art expressing a map of personal mental symptoms – produced, as it were, in the shadow of van Gogh. The exhibition provides a doorway into the little known inner world of the mentally afflicted where images of strong emotional appeal, made public, signal a possible pathway back to normal healthy life.
Valetudo is the name of the hospital unit for art therapy, music and painting. A video installation documents the site, a famous romanesque cloister in the hills of Provence, and details its history and of van Gogh’s stay there. There are also featured some reproductions of work by van Gogh during his stay there and translated notes from letters to his brother, Theo.
Valetudo is a touring exhibition by Archive Media Arts with additional funding from MIND in Gateshead.