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".


Ritamcbride jurgenaddiers image: (c) Jürgen Addiers, Bruikleen M HKA van Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg/De Vleeshal
Mini Manager, 2004
white painted titanium

In Mini Manager, Rita McBride makes sculptural abstractions from household control panels. The original appearance and function of these objects is removed, and they are covered with an even white layer. McBride wants to investigate the function of these panels, precisely by hiding them in her work. Does our imagination permit us to immediately assign a new function, or do we associate these white sculptures only with the operating panel for heating? By bringing them into an artistic context, McBride makes us aware of their presence, and also of the potential beauty that these inconspicuous objects have.