The title stands for a metaphor of psychological processes, which are often described with a terminology connected to physical cleaning: clear one’s head, organize one’s thoughts. The selection of works is intuitively arranged into a flow of imaginative scenes, which invite the viewer into their more or less concrete narratives, leaning from decency towards liberating abnormality. The original cleanliness or rational foundations are shifted towards “the other world” of unlogic behavior, obscurity, deviation or even madness.
The key interest of this show is the transmission from such opposites: from order to chaos, from serenity to uncontrolled passion. In Herman Hesse’s writings, these principles are often personalized, depicted as opposite forces, such as the rational Narcissius and the emotional Goldmund, two monks in a medieval monastery, both in their own way longing to find the essence of life. While one decides to explore the realm of ratio within the safe fences of his sanctuary, the latter follows his urge to give in to his passions and live on the edge of life and death, beauty and horror. However, as the author explores further in his Steppenwolf, these characteristics rather meet in a single human mind, together with a number of other “souls” or principles that cannot be simply categorized. We are both rational beings and wild beasts, and while we often need to clean up the mess we made, we also long (or can’t help) to create it at the first place.

Here you can express yourself. (*required)