Art brut. A singular dialogue with the Würth Collection
If from the beginning of the XXth century, these works are noticed and collected in the psychiatric institutions by informed doctors, they have then, in the 1920s, interested and attracted the surrealists, then were recovered, at the dawn of the Second World War, by the Nazi ideology to feed the propaganda around the “degenerate art”. It is only in 1945 that the artist Jean Dubuffet theorizes the concept of “Art brut”, to question the very definition of art after a devastating world conflict. Since then, other designations have been imagined and discussed: singular art, art outside the norms, Outsider Art or popular art.
If these self-taught artists have fascinated doctors and collectors, they have also captivated many artists of the modern and contemporary periods, seduced by a creative process that would be free of any cultural heritage, any constraining training and any desire for artistic recognition.
The Musée Würth illustrates this influence in the exhibition by intersecting over 20 works from the Würth Collection – from Max Ernst to Arnulf Rainer, from Asger Jorn to Georg Baselitz – with more than 130 works of Art brut, from private collections or from the Würth collection, and offers not only the unique opportunity to discover a hidden and intimate world that undeniably resonates within each of us, but also to celebrate the inclusion of otherness in all its forms.