Collection de l'Art Brut Lausanne
(Paris: Skira Flammarion, 2012)
I edited the new English catalogue of the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne providing an overview of the their collection.
Art Brut works are produced by self-taught creators firmly entrenched outside the mainstream, harboring a rebellious spirit and impervious to collective norms and values. These include psychiatric hospital patients, prisoners, eccentrics, loners and outcasts. They are wont to work oblivious to public appreciation or judgment. Unconstrained by any need to be recognized or acclaimed, they design a world for their own purposes, a sort of private and often enigmatic theatrer. Unscathed by the influence of traditional art, they tend to avail themselves of novel means and materials, and to come up with highly unusual styles of figuration. Hence, Art Brut is a concept comprising a number of both social characteristics and distinctive aesthetic features.
Nearly fifty years ago, the world's first collection of Art Brut works begun by Jean Dubuffet in 1945, became the object of an exceptional donation to the City of Lausanne; the holdings of the Collection de l'Art Brut now number some sixty thousand works. Today, it is considered a benchmark venue, with a permanent exhibition and successive temporary exhibitions showcasing almost one thousand paintings, sculptures, drawings, fabric pieces, and writings.