The Living Museum
USA 1999, 80 min.
The Living Museum was founded by Polish artist Bolek Greczynski and psychologist Dr Janos Marton, and is located at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Centre, Queens, New York. This observational film explores the underlying philosophy of the centre and the experiences of its patients/artists, and ultimately, the healing power of art.
The underlying philosophy is that art and madness are a natural combination, and that art as therapy can make a difference to those suffering from various mental disorders. The film explores these ideas through a sympathetic, and often moving, portrait of six of the patients/artists.