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".

Berlinde De Bruyckere

In Flanders Fields, 2000-2000
Installation , variable dimensions
horse skin, polyester, metal, plastic, blankets

From the start, De Bruyckere experiments with different materials such as malleable lead, wax and straw, with which she creates an idiosyncratic beauty that always has an air of fatality about it. The blankets protect and suffocate, the lead roses seduce and poison, the flower carpets refer to growth and decay. This ambiguity is also present in her installation In Flanders Fields from 2000, a collection work of the M HKA, with which she refers to the horror of the First World War.

Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert