How can art open the discussion on the challenges which psychiatric patients face?

The Fifth Season

In 1998, the mental health organisation Altrecht built the institution Het Vijfde Seizoen in Den Dolder in cooperation with Suzanne Oxenaar of the former Praktijkburo Beeldende Kunstopdrachten (bureau of Visual Art Assignments) of the Mondriaan Foundation. The name Het Vijfde Seizoen was derived from the story “The Fifth Season” bij the German writer Kurt Tucholsky (1809-1935).

Designer Christoph Seyferth remodelled and decorated the building into an artist’s residence. As the first guest in Het Vijfde Seizoen he was given the assignment to design an atelier and living space for the future guests. Seyferth stripped the building and used furniture on wheels to create maximum flexibility and space in the living room and atelier. He baptised his work as “Spartan Luxury”.

Professional artists can live and work here for a season and create new work with patients and staff of the institution. The art projects of Het Vijfde Seizoen address issues regarding the position of people with mental illness and tell the story of the patients.

Every season a different artist lives and works in the residency, Het Vijfde Seizoen offers artists the opportunity to come into contact with patients and staff of the institution on a daily basis and deepen themselves intensively in psychiatry. With Het Vijfde Seizoen a contribution is made to the objective of Altrecht to bring society closer to psychiatry and vice versa.