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Book a tour: Art and mental illness – Göteborgs konstmuseum

The expression “to suffer for art” is sometimes used to describe the relationship between art and mental distress. In what way can art create suffering, or suffering create art? What is the connection between creativity and the unconscious forces of the psyche?

The tour shows artists and art on the brink of insanity. We take a look at how “madness” is depicted in artworks in the permanent collection, and discuss how different artists have worked with this theme.

The tour is available in the evenings (from 3pm and onward) and on week-ends, by special arrangement.

Booking Information
Remember that we need your booking at minimum eight working days beforehand. E-mail your booking to . Cancellations must be made with at least eight days’ notice, to

The guided tours are 45 minutes and presented in English.

The maximum group size is 30 persons, but we recommend smaller groups for the best possible experience.

The prices for guided tours are per group, not including admission. Guided tours are exempt from sales tax. Tuesday-Friday 11 am to 5 pm: 2000 SEK. After 5 pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 2710 SEK.



Image: Olof Sager-Nelson, A Young Poet, 1894