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".


2018 middlegate ii geel photo m hkacc 31 (c)image: M HKA, 2018
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Alfons Hoppenbrouwers seeks salvation in higher things, the spiritual and the religious in his personal life. And yet as a scientist and artist, he is, in fact, more of a Cartesian: straight lines, calculated angles, purity of colour, fixed patterns.