Alexandra Schüssler

Winner Dissertation Prize 2007

Wahnsinn auf Papier und Leinwand. Sublimation und Exploitation im Haus der Künstler in Gugging

Supervisor: Prof. dr J. Verrips
Nomination: Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences

Report by the selection committee

The subject of the book is the practice in the psychiatric clinic Maria Gugging: the problematic and moral questions that arise when psychiatric patients become artists; the emergence and growth of the trade in their art and the role of the doctors in attendance, the collectioneurs and the inhabitants of the ‘Haus der Kunstler’ themselves.