Saturday 14 April 2012

Art Brut Masterpieces from the Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection: HENRY DARGER, ADOLF WÖLFLI, MADGE GILL, SCOTTIE WILSON, AUGUSTIN LESAGE...

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aguarela e lápis sobre papel
54,6 x 148,6 cm
courtesy Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre

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óleo sobre tela
149 x 89 cm

courtesy Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre

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courtesy Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre

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tinta sobre cartão
15 x 10 cm
courtesy Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre

20. April - 23. September, 2012
The Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation

ARTE BRUTA. Terra Incognita

Art brut, a term coined by Jean Dubuffet in 1945, refers to works of art from the fringes of the art world: the mentally ill, psychic mediums and anonymous people with a compulsion to create. These artists who do not claim to be artists ignore established artistic standards. They are indifferent to showing their work and sometimes even take pains to hide it. Their only aim is to create, and their works are treasures whose discovery requires the soul of an explorer. For to seek out, preserve and collect art brut may be the only genuine artistic adventure left for the twenty-first century.
Richard Treger and Antonio Saint Silvestre are of the race of explorers of terra incognita. Their combined sensitivity and taste for artists off the beaten path, and their years of defending them during their remarkable career as gallery owners in Paris, made it inevitable that their collection feature not only the most authentic art brut, but also artists on the fringe of art brut, artists through whose work “sometimes blow the winds of art brut” (Dubuffet).
The Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection, comprising hundreds of works, of which fully two-thirds may be considered outsider art, allows us to enter this unknown world, whose crown jewels - Henry Darger, Adolf Wölfli, Madge Gill, Scottie Wilson and Augustin Lesage - are gradually making their way into the most prestigious public collections, such as the MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The movement of art brut is one of freedom, and it is fitting that the Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection should be the perfect reflection of that freedom.
Portugal has given the world some of its foremost artists, such as Vieira da Silva and, in the genre that is our focus, Jaime Fernandes, who secretly forged unforgettable works from within the Miguel Bombarda psychiatric hospital.
The Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation is honoured to welcome this extraordinary collection, a tribute to the creative impulse that Vieira da Silva would have embraced wholeheartedly.

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