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".


Bk 6928 mees   verloren ruimte 1988 Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community
Verloren ruimte, 1988
Collage , 133 x 288 cm

Guy Mees uses various types of paper, newsprint, textiles, and even canvas and aluminium foil from time to time. Sometimes it is only the shadows cast that suggest that the bands of colour have been neither painted nor glued. Paper surfaces differing in width and shape create an illusion of depth that arises from the effect of the colours banded opposite one another. From 1983 onwards, the partially open compositions consisting of various clippings are gradually simplified into uni-coloured clippings.