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".


©Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community
Film 1: Berlin - Exercises in nine parts, 1974/75, 1974-1975
Film , 00:40:03 min

The human body is central to Rebecca Horn's performances of the seventies. With her choreographic rituals, as an artist she centres her focus on the mythical identification of  humankind with nature. Nature, culture, mythology and technology all coalesce in these performances. A vital and significant relationship between the spectator and her work is brought about by the movement of these performances: they evoke astonishment or it is precisely this sense of wonder that the spectator awaits in anticipation, followed by an expectation that this sense of wonder will be repeated.