Outsider Art Museum
The Outsider Art Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands that shows
leading art works by national and international Outsider Artists.
Experience the extraordinary art made by individuals who, for the most
part, are not formally trained as artists. Their work is authentic,
unconventional and goes against the grain.
The Outsider Art Museum presents surprising, unpolished art. The public steps into a completely new world and is brought into the wild rollercoaster of Outsider Artists, who sometimes go about their work almost manically. The inner world of these artists is often so full that it overflows into a great oeuvre. In the Outsider Art Museum, visitors learn to look at art in a different way.
Art Brut | Jean Dubuffet’s revolution in art
31 January - 25 August 2019
The exhibition ‘Art Brut | Jean Dubuffet’s revolution in art’ shows over 150 works, with which artist and collector Jean Dubuffet shocked the Paris cultural establishment in 1949. Seventy years later, these works are coming to the Netherlands for the first time.
Immediately after the Second World War the artist and collector Jean Dubuffet embarked on his search for new, pure and spontaneous works of art, remote from the established order. On his journey he visited psychiatric institutions and prisons, created a networks of intellectuals, poets, painters and collectors. During his various encounters he collected works which in his opinion were the proof that this art form, the one produced by people with no specific education to art, deserved a place in the art world. Established assumptions, academic views and standards must be cast aside in favour of a new, pure and spontaneous art.
This exhibition provides a reconstruction of the basic ideas of Art Brut, with reference to the works assembled by Dubuffet. Why did he purchase some works but not others? Which criteria did he use when collection work, and what information did he collect? And what became of the artists whose work he collected for his Compagnie de l’Art Brut?
Art Brut | Jean Dubuffet’s revolution in art includes works by great figures such as Aloïse Corbaz, Fleury-Joseph Crépin, Gaston Duf, Auguste Forestier and Adolf Wölfli.
With this exhibition the Outsider Art Museum takes visitors into the world of artists who live solitary lives in the backwoods of Finland. Typical features of their work include fantasy, curiosity, creativity, places of interest and visions. Visitors can get to know the talented world of Finnish Outsider Art: artists outside the established artistic order, whose work is seldom on public display.
The exhibition ‘ITE Art | Finnish collection Ammann’ is shown at the Outsider Art Museum from June 14th 2018 until January 13th 2019.