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Healing Art

How art in hospitals promotes healing

By (author) Isabel Gruener
With Robert Bosch Hospital


  • Explores the concept that art promotes healing through a survey of work created for the Robert Bosch Hospital in Germany
  • Includes 48 commissioned artworks by significant contemporary artists, including some that were created with input from patients
  • Offers specialist contributions from architecture and art history, healthcare design, art and corporate philosophy
Full Description

Art can contribute to a healing environment, supporting the work of hospitals and enriching the lives of both patients and staff members. In this book, Isabel Gruener, the art officer at the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, explores how the hospital’s commissioned art program supports the complex process of healing. Whether it is seriously ill patients in the intensive care unit, visitors in the public corridors, or employees in sterile functional areas: each is affected in their own way by the total of 48 artistic interventions. The narrative describing these art projects, which were created between 1998-2018, is supplemented by specialist contributions from the fields of art, design, and corporate philosophy. They explore an interdisciplinary approach and offer a view towards the future potential of healing art in healing environments.

Contents: Art can be Communication, Art for Buildings and Hospitals, The Effect of Bulit Space on Convalescence.

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Isabel Gruener is an art historian and cultural manager. After holding professional positions in the gallery and museum sector, she became the art officer at the Robert Bosch Hospital in 2001.

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24th Jun 2019
USA & Canada
9.84 in x 11.02 in
256 Pages
250 color
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