ART BRUT 2018-04-11T15:53:15+00:00


The term Art Brut, coined by the french artist Jean Dubuffet in 1945, describes the art created by unadapted, deranged, visionary, medium, alienated people. It is sometimes misapplied for other marginal expressions, such as outsider art, singular art or folk art, since in many cases it is actually difficult to trace the boundaries between each genre.

It is defined by the rejection of the established art scene, primarily on the commercial and social promotion premises of the creative act. The works created by these artists, without any academic constraints, formal training or specific formatting, emerge spontaneously as an impulse, an inner scream that urges to be heard, springing from their guts, often as a means of therapy for their mental disorders.

Once obscured, it is now considered by many as the most genuine and vital art. There is no collection of any museum of modern art from any great capital that can be considered fully complete without at least a couple of works of this kind. So it is in the MoMa in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The concept of Art Brut
The term Art Brut is attributed to Jean Dubuffet, who used it first in 1945. However the concept is not consensual and it has since then been the subject of some discussion and controversy. This article from Raw Magazine, one of the leading publications in this area, helps to clarify the concepts of art brut and outsider art.

Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne
Often referred as The Museum of Art Brut, this is a museum dedicated to art brut in Lausanne, Switzerland. The collection was started by Jean Dubuffet in 1945, the year he began collecting works of this kind.

An essay from Baptiste Brun about Art Brut
«Réunir une documentation pour l’Art Brut: les prospections de Jean Dubuffet dans l’immédiat après-guerre au regard du modèle ethnographique»
Cahiers de l’École du Louvre, recherches en histoire de l’art, histoire des civilisations, archéologie, anthropologie et muséologie [online] nº4, avril 2014, p. 56 à 66.

Lille Métropole, museum of modern art, contemporary art and art brut.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Established in June 1991, Intuit is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is solely dedicated to presenting outsider art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.

Galerie Christian Berst
The Galerie Christian Berst first opened its doors in 2005. Since then, as Paris’s only specialist Art Brut gallery, it has worked tirelessly to promote creators of exceptional talent, exhibiting the “classic” names of Art Brut already featured in museums and collections and discovering the stars of the future.

Portuguese Association of Outsider Art
The Association considers Outsider Art as an art not influenced or little influenced by the established art scene, usually produced by self-taught authors, disconnected by their isolation or attitude from the cultural circles, and in some cases with mental disorders or marginalized by society.

Oliva Creative Factory: Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection
Art brut collection located in the Núcleo de Arte da Oliva in S. João da Madeira.