Friday 19 March 2010

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo shows the Outsider Art Collection of Joost van den Toorn

Image: George Widener, copyright: Joost van den Toorn

Joost van den Toorn and the outsider art
March 13th, 2010 - June 20th, 2010
In the print room, the museum is showing bronze and ceramic sculptures by Dutch artist Joost van den Toorn, in combination with a collection of outsider art accumulated by the artist himself. Van den Toorn feels it particularly poignant to display his collection in the Kröller-Müller Museum due to the large collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Of all artists, Vincent in particular was regarded as an outsider in his early years, and thereafter.

He says of his collection: “Good art is so hard to find that you are better off searching for it in the less obvious places as well. Not just from afar, but also on the fringes of our society. Much of the work collected here was made in psychiatric institutions, such as the Gugging in Maria Gugging in Austria, in homeless shelters, or on the streets. The results of ten years of frenzied collection are displayed in the museum. Acquired from five or so specialized galleries in Europe, America and at auctions. I hope that this impassioned, uncompromising art inspires you as much as it has, and still does inspire me.”

Joost van den Toorn (1954) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 1990 he was presented with the Leonado da Vinci award. He exhibits in solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Joost van den Toorn’s work is characterized by irony, gravity, melancholy and human inadequacies.
Represtented artists: Franz Artenjak, Anton Dobai, Wolfgang Hueber, Aurel Iselstöger, Fritz Koller, Monsiel, Otto Prinz, Philipp Schöpke, Harald Stoffers, Theo, George Widener and others

Image: Franz Artenjak, copyright: Joost van den Toorn

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