Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jean Dubuffet's Collection of the Tormented and Talented

SWITZERLAND---The building is simple. There are no world-famous names featured here. Yet the Art Brut Museum or Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland leaves you with a deep sense of respect for the artists and admiration for the man who created this unique institution. This museum houses art by tormented but talented persons: prisoners, patients of psychiatric hospitals, rebels, nonconformists, loners and misfits. These are people who as individuals and creators live and work on the fringes of society. The museum is the brainchild of Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (1901-1985), a French painter and sculptor. To build his collection, Dubuffet travelled to hospitals, examined asylum art collections and later visited prisons, besides acquiring works from loners and nonconformists. [link]

Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (31 July 1901 – 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor.