Art Art

The Museum of Emotions

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7246.1413 (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1413
  1. Raj Persaud, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

    The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, until 4 June 2000


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    Traditional museums house valuable objects. The Museum of Emotions, an art installation on London's South Bank, suggests that more subtle and abstract items might be worthy of an exhibition. The items are emotions themselves, presented in a series of rooms, with interactive exercises that evoke particular moods.

    In between the rooms are regular “expression points” where signs suggest how we might articulate our feelings. One card says “Scream here.” Just after I had been bleeped about a psychiatric admission, I read the …

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