Beau­ti­ful Minds


In the early 1900s, a Ger­man psy­chi­a­trist called Hans Prinzhorn be­gan col­lect­ing the paint­ings of his pa­tients, hop­ing to find ways to di­ag­nose men­tal ill­ness through art. Although his method later proved sci­en­tif­i­cally in­ef­fi­cient, Prinzhorn left be­hind many pieces of high artis­tic value which also in­spired artists like Klee, Ku­bin, and Pi­casso. Shortly after his death, some of th­ese works were dis­played at the Nazi pro­pa­ganda ex­hi­bi­tion De­gen­er­ate Art, a show that also in­cluded paint­ings by Cha­gall, Kandin­sky, Kirch­ner, and Pi­casso. Nowa­days, the col­lec­tion is housed in the for­mer or­a­tory of the Univer­sity of Hei­del­berg, but un­til 6 April it can be ad­mired at the Samm­lung Scharf Ger­sten­berg (p. 48).

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