As the title States of Mind / Beyond the Image (Czech: Stavy mysli / Za obrazem) itself suggests, the permanent exhibition of GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region is not a classically conceived presentation of the gallery’s collection. Instead of being an ‘encyclopaedic’ sequence of artworks arranged chronologically or stylistically, the exhibition is based on the diverse spectrum of a person’s emotional and mental life. The starting point is provided by thematic pairs – either contradictory or complementary – to which the exhibited works relate (such as joy/grief, equilibrium/tension, alienation/meditation). This creates a ‘polemical space’ between two clearly defined dimensions of the inner life of humanity. The aim of the exhibition is for viewers to understand artistic expression as something that speaks about timelessly relevant aspects of human existence.