Jean Dubuffet

Born in 1901 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Jean Dubuffet was born in Le Havre on July 31, 1901; he is a French painter, sculptor and visual artist.

He was the first theoretician of a new art movement that he called "art brut": this concerned works by marginal people or people who suffered from mental illnesses, be it paintings, sculptures, or calligraphy, and he recognized having been inspired by these artworks.

For the first exhibition of his art brut collection that he organizes in 1949, he writes the essay L'Art brut préféré aux arts culturels (Art Brut Rather than official Culture).

His work includes paintings, assemblages (wrongly classified as collages), sculptures and monuments. The most spectacular of his monuments is part of an larger group, L'Hourloupe (1962-1974. His work also includes architectural projects: the Closerie Falbala and the Villa Falbala. Retrospective shows were dedicated to him at the Grassi Palace in Venice and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Jean Dubuffet died in Paris, on May 12, 1985.

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EXHIBITIONS

2013
Chaissac-Dubuffet, entre plume et pinceau, Musee de la Postre, Paris, France

2011
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2008
Post-War Dutch, Paol & Co. Fine Art, Maastricht

2007
Die aufregende Kunst des 20. Jahrhundderts, Neue Nationalgerlie, Berlin

2006
Classics, Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere, Finland

2005
Accrochage, Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY

2004
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

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