exhibition
August Walla

Dr. Guislain Museum. Outsider Art: In search of European roots

at the The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
19.11.20 - 29.11.20

The history of Art Brut or so called Outsider Art is not linear and has many pitfalls. From psychotic art over the Bildnerei der Geisteskranken and Jean Dubuffet’s Art Brut, to Harald Szeemann’s Individual Mythologies and Roger Cardinal’s conceptualization of Outsider Art. For decades, there has been an enormous interest and fascination for self-taught and non-commercial artists. Ideas on this kind of art have changed over time and minds shifted from one point to another. All terms and concepts that have been used to describe this art form have failed and are still up for discussion.

Dr. Guislain Museum. Outsider Art: In search of European roots presents internationally known artists from the renowned Belgian collection, constructed around the literature that formed the ideas on this ‘other’ art form. The exhibition confronts the public with the evolution of this European history and how it indirectly emancipated isolated artists, but at the same time still causes conflicting opinions.

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