TransUtopia-Art project

TransUtopia is an international art movement of the Living Museums worldwide. The aim is to network artists with mental illness across national borders. Inspired by the interactive exchange via social media and the creation of futuristic artworks, all participants collectively create blueprints for a positive future – for themselves – for others – for us. That sounds utopian? No – on the contrary – it is transUtopian.

What does the word TransUtopia mean?

The word Utopia stands for visionary visions of the future by artists with or without mental illness who can have a concrete but also utopian character. The Living Museum itself is already anchored in parts of our society as a concrete utopia and is to be further disseminated in many cities and countries. The prefix Trans has several levels of meaning and stands for the transformation of our life and becoming, for the stretching and crossing of borders, but also for the transcontinental networking with artists as well as the cooperation with the Living Museums South Korea, USA, Holland and Switzerland, which were guests at the Transutopia vernissage 2017 in Wil.

Ziele eines Living Museums

Impact of a Living Museum

Integration of people who are not (no longer) gainfully employed into a social network and a community of like-minded people.

Activation, stabilization and maintenance of individual resources and autonomy

Recognition through regular exhibitions and events

Increasing the level of awareness and image of the city and region

Living Museum Association

The Living Museum is a movement dedicated to the dissemination of art-asylene for mentally ill people, modelled on the first Living Museum in Queens, New York. Authentic art is created and exhibited at the same time. It is dedicated to the beauty of art and healing. The aim is to change identity from the mentally ill to the artist in an atmosphere of community, solidarity and creativity. This movement is supported by the Living Museum Association Switzerland.

Past exhibitions in the Living Museum Wil

KUNSTMESSE WIL 12.-15.9.2019

Vernissage: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6 p.m. | Live DJ: Friday, September 13, 2019, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

60 artists exhibit their works and offer them for sale.

The overwhelming creative power is reflected in the 200 or so works on display. Their expression is authentic and unique. The works are touching, humorous, subtle and provocative. They were created in the Ateliers – Living Museum der Psychiatrie St.Gallen Nord and in the Day Care Center of Heimstätten Wil.

A broad spectrum of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations and much more can be seen. The works will be shown to the public for the first time and offered for sale.

The vernissage will take place on Thursday, 12 September, from 18.00 to 22.00 hours. There will also be the opportunity to exchange ideas with the artists and other guests.

Download Flyer Art Fair (2019)


Vernissage: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 19 h, Finissage: Sunday, 28 October 2018, 19 h

The motifs of her works were created during schizophrenic psychoses. Laura Luessi depicts this state in contrasting drawings in color and black and white. The premises of the Baliere are also used for works created in the Ateliers – Living Museum der Psychiatrie St. Gallen Nord and the Atelier der Tagesstätte der Heimstätten Wil. The high-calibre exhibition „Herzgespinste“ (Heart Spins) aims to improve the understanding of mental illnesses, to thematise the importance of art and therapy, and above all to achieve antistigmatisation.


Opening: Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 19.30 hrs. Intro: Living Session Band. The works can be viewed in the auditorium/library of the FH St. Gallen until 30 November.

The retrospective shows a selection of art projects from past years. The focus will be on the human in cyber worlds, among other things. Conversation with the artists and the artistic director.


Gigantic art universe for all senses on 13,225 m3, shown at the exhibition in September 2017.

Artists of the Living Museums USA, Switzerland, Holland, Korea.

To connect mentally ill artists worldwide and to create ideas of a more human world is the central idea of TransUtopia 2017. Their authentic art has the potential to change our society. For the first time, historical art treasures from the clinic’s archive were shown publicly and combined with visionary installations and works of art. Transutopia continues to develop. Participate!

More information on this website: TransUtopia or on Facebook

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