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Exhibition Catalog

Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, 2021.

168 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 26 x 21 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9788874399703

The theme of the 5th Biennial of Art Brut reveals a new facet of the Lausanne museum's collection. Some 300 drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptures, writings and embroideries by 43 artists have been chosen to form a kind of spectrum of possibilities, ranging from illustrations of divinities and saints to sophisticated abstract compositions, symbolist paintings and ritual objects. The exhibition invites interaction between the worlds of these different artists, even when these worlds remain unique and mutually exclusive. The main angles of approach include works related to religion, a group of "spiritualist" productions, a large number of works based on personal mythologies, and a few pieces created by followers of the occult or dowsing. Creators of Art Brut stand out among other artists not so much for their metaphysical concerns, but rather for the imaginative approaches and procedures they bring to dealing with them: to taming this unknown world, to seeking explanations about the foundations of being, about life, death or, more humbly, about their own destiny. Most of them have severed connections with society, are marginal or non-conformist, and find no answers in the usual dogmas and structures. Thus they conceive their own beliefs, in the form of singular theories and original systems of thought. And when they engage with religious traditions, they appropriate and reinterpret them.

Subject Headings: International ; Western Art -- Post-1945 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) -- Outsider Art --

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