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jean dubuffet’s art brut.! the origins of the collection

Period: 26. January 2017 - 02. July 2017

1945 marked the end of the Second World War and the beginning of a second modernism. At this point in time Jean Dubuffet – one
of the most imaginative minds of the twentieth century – was tired of
established art and went in search
of a new concept of art: free, unbiased, anti-intellectual, and raw – it should be “brut”. And Dubuffet would indeed find it in unexpected places: on the street, in prisons, in folkart, and in psychiatric clinics in Europe and abroad. This art would form the foundation of Dubuffet’s notion of Art Brut. Museum gugging presents 169 works from Dubuffet’s illustrious collection, which he assembled between 1945 and 1949. It includes works by famous artists such as Aloïse Corbaz, Adolf Wölfli, Auguste Forestier, and many other recognised – but also anonymous – artists. They are all united in this historical exhibition, which was shown for the first time in autumn 1949 in Paris at Galerie René Drouin under the title “L’Art Brut”. Today these works form the original core of the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, which compiled this showcase on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.