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

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Madonna en Leviathan, 2015
Mixed Media , 75 x 105 cm
print on plexiglas mounted on wooden box

"An image of Rubens’s Assumption of the Virgin Mary, as it hangs and as I have seen it for a long time hanging in my former parish church, St. Augustine in Antwerp. I added a dimension that refers to a book in which Leviathan, a type of sea monster from the Hebrew Bible and in fact a terrifying depiction of Satan, is used to describe an emerging economic system in 1651."