The Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, the first museum dedicated to outsider art, has launched a biennale on reoccurring themes in the obsessions of reclusive artists. It starts the cycle with 200 objects from its own collection of 63,000 pieces.
This content was published on January 17, 2014 - 11:00
“Museums and galleries dedicated to art brut are springing up all over,” said director Sarah Lombardi at the opening. “It is our duty to remain an international reference point by reaffirming the identity of the museum and showcasing the works of our carefully mounted and large collection.”
Founded in 1976 by Jean Dubuffet, who coined the term and started the collection with the donation of 5,000 objects, the renowned Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne confronts a growing appetite of the market for the creative output of individuals who never meant to become part of the art world.
It refers to these individuals not as artists, but as authors, in order to better understand their accidental recognition and keep true to Dubuffet’s original intent.
The show presents a delightful variety of paintings, drawings, contraptions and sculptures relating to anything that allows locomotion by air, water or land. Coming from individuals who were trapped in their inner minds and rarely moved themselves, the theme is pertinent, powerful and playful. It also allows for a very attractive display.