Het Vijfde Seizoen


Vincent van Gogh, Lady GaGa, Diane Arbus, Kurt Cobain, the list of famous artists with a mental disorder that have gone down in history as brilliant is endless. But how do we define who is labeled as a brilliant genius and who as ‘mentally ill’? Can we also see a different mental condition as a Superpower?

This was the question Jan Hoek asked himself during his residency period. Jan Hoek (a little mental himself) made the comic book Mental Superpowers, together with the ‘patients’ of the hospital.

WHERE: Beautiful Distress House, Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41a, 1033 RC Amsterdam Noord


19 Sept through 7 Oct.

Wed / Thurs / Fr 11.00-18.00 hrs

Sa / Su 12.00 - 18.00 hrs

Friday 5 October, Beautiful Distress House will be closed!


4,- euro

Extra events:

Saturday 22 September during UNSEEN GALLERY NIGHT the exhibition is opened until 22.00 hr.

Sunday 30 September there will be an artist talk with Jan Hoek, led by Esther Vossen (director & curator of The Fifth Season) and Wilco Tuinebreijer (psychiatrist and chairman Beautiful Distress). Afterwards, Jan Hoek will sign his book Mental Superpowers.

In psychiatric center Mentrum (1e Constantijn Huygenstraat 38, Amsterdam) another exposition of Jan Hoek can be visited. Tours are organised with employees and ex-patients through the exposition and the world of psychiatry.

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