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Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.

The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.

Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition





Maarten Van Overeem

Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents FERNWEH, a solo-exhibition with the latest works by Dutch artist Aldo van den Broek. 

25.06.2016 - 30.07.2016
Prinsengracht 282 Amsterdam

Aldo van den Broek, 2015

Aldo van den Broek, 2015

Aldo’s work reflects his interpretation of purity and beauty within ugliness. Therefore, he choses to work with wasted materials with no apparent value. Used and re-used by himself, or found on the streets and abandoned places. By literally using his own past failures as a beginning for his new works, these different themes are constantly transforming and melting together till they reach their final appearance.

In 2015 Aldo got invited to the artist in residence ‘Beautiful Distress’ to stay four months at the psychiatric department of ‘Kings Count Hospital’, the only mental institution in New York with a government-sponsored health insurance. By living so intensively in between mostly poor and mentally ill people he got confronted with his own way of thinking, living, working and surviving. FERNWEH is Aldo’s longing for a confusing and non-existent place.