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Museum Art Therapy

Museum Art Therapy

Museum Art Therapy is a combination of contemporary art-therapy and art as therapy. The cornerstone of the first method -art-therapy- is the therapeutic relationship between the art-therapist and the person who asks his services. The goal is to create the right conditions so that the person can overcome his personal difficulties, through balancing his inner creativity. For these purposes, professionals suggest the use of appropriate tools that do not lead to the creation of a final object, but rather focus on the ephemeral processes of the psyche. The inspirer of contemporary art-therapy is Jean-Pierre Royol.

 

In the second approach -art as therapy- art of museums become a tool in the hands of the individual. Instead of focusing on the history of art, one focuses on its use for the benefit of the visitors. It is a method proposed by Allain de Botton and Louis Armstrong, with de Botton even organizing exhibitions in museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In a nutshell, I could say that art as therapy is how to reveal art as therapy, rather than as a story or technique.

Combining the above two methods, Museum Art Therapy focuses on how to look and experience art as therapy. The museum art therapist does not show, he is not a guide, but instead accompanies the person on one's own path and creates the appropriate conditions, so that if the person aspires to, one can gradually discover this so personal and therapeutic look at art. From the moment this curtain is raised, every work of art becomes a mirror of oneself.