The exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a collaboration between M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) and the cultural centre de Werft in Geel. Middle Gate II is the follow up to the exhibition Middle Gate, curated by Jan Hoet in Geel in 2013. The exhibition concept is closely tied to the legend of the holy Dymphna, saint of the possessed, the mentally ill and patroness against epilepsy and insanity. The legend of Dymphna shares a strong connection to the identity of Geel, "the charitable city".

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

19970000t kl (c)image: AMVK
Callas met echtgenoot, 1997
Painting , 60 x 60 cm
paint on plexi

(Callas with Husband)

"I started from an image that had been lying in my cupboard since the 1960s. I was intrigued by the interplay between diva and older man, in a kind of staged pose. I have added a smiling satyr head. It is about hypocrisy and acting a part in daily life."