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While still a student he won a number of prizes for composing and he drew a great deal of attention for his graduation piece at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague--the chamber opera Dementia Praecox on a story by S.
Discussing psychiatry in Europe, he writes about the famous Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926): "Kraepelin's fame rested on his distinction between dementia praecox [today termed schizophrenia], which he deemed the result of external causes (traumas) and possibly treatable through psychological techniques, on the one hand, and hereditary and incurable diseases of the brain, on the other" (p.
Make invidious comparisons between this show's aesthetic dementia praecox and the slack tedium of SITE Santa Fe's "Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque" (the latter's curator, Robert Storr, contributes an essay to the catalogue--can't wait for Venice

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