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Beyond Bedlam

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 21 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5115
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. The BMJ
Eva Kot’átková, Asylum, 2014. Installation view at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2014, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Hunt Kastner, Prague

The new exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection, Bedlam: the Asylum and Beyond, opens with this large scale installation, Asylum, by the Czech artist Eva Kot’átková, which explores the tensions between protection and restraint of psychiatric patients.

The 2014 work tries to capture the institutional constraints but also the alternative modes of communication envisioned by the patients. In the words of the artist, “Asylum presents a collection of fears, anxieties, phobias, and phantasmagorical visions of patients and children suffering …

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