LE FOYER DE L'ART BRUT
5.10.16 - 9.10.16
This year The Gallery of Everything returns to Frieze Masters as part of Sir Norman Rosenthal’s Collections section of the fair. It has chosen for its subject Jean Dubuffet’s groundbreaking 1947 le Foyer de l’Art Brut - the experimental Parisian salon organised by the artist with his gallerist, René Drouin, and art critic, Michel Tapié.
Le Foyer de l’Art Brut made public for the very first time the untrained images and image-makers who would fascinate Dubuffet for the rest of his life. For it was this series of installations which set him on a professional journey to write a new art history, populated only by the authentic, the spontaneous and the anti-cultural.
Although Dubuffet found l’Art Brut in hospitals, villages and on the street, his anti-art discoveries had a significant cultural impact. Visitors to le Foyer included Joan Miró, Hans Hartung, André Lhote, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Cocteau, Tristan Tzara, Henri Michaux, Victor Brauner, André Malraux, Jean Fautrier and André Breton.
The booth at Frieze Masters explores this first nine-month sojourn in the basement of Galerie René Drouin. The installation will be further contextualised with period publications, guest books from Galerie René Drouin (1947 + 1949) and Gallimard (1948), alongside contemporaneous works by Jean Dubuffet and his associates.
Artists featured in le Foyer de l’Art Brut at Frieze Masters 2016 include draughtsman Gaston Chaissac, portraitist Aloïse Corbaz, pointillist Fleury-Joseph Crépin, autodidact Miguel Hernández, pre-historian Juva (Prince Antonin Juritzky), satirist Pascal-Désir Maisonneuve and visionary Louis Soutter - as well as the infamous Swiss outsider Adolf Wölfli and several rare and anonymous sculptures known only as Les Barbus Müller. Many of these rare artworks are from private collections and will be offered for sale for the very first time.
The Gallery of Everything would like to thank la Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne for their assistance with this historic project. Director Sarah Lombardi and former director Michel Thévoz will be present for a discussion on the legacy of le Foyer de l’Art Brut and its impact on Dubuffet, his circle of artists and art history.
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