Curator: Baptiste Brun, Boris Wastiau
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), painter, sculptor and writer, was a major player on the 20th century art scene. The exhibition "Jean Dubuffet, a barbarian in Europe" pays him homage and focuses on the artist's visit to post-war Switzerland, in particular to the MEG, a decisive journey in defining the “Art Brut”.
Aftermath of the Second World War, this elusive and polemical artist brought into play a radical critique of the art and culture of his time. Trying to break free from the dominant codes of art history, he explores many techniques with total freedom. The exhibition path shows how Dubuffet intertwines his artistic activities in his work with the research he has devoted to "Art Brut". We can see the diversity of his production as well as objects from his own collection and others from ethnographic museums or psychiatric hospitals that he has seen and appreciated over the years.
The exhibition features nearly 300 works from the largest French and European collections. It is organised with the support of the Dubuffet Foundation and the generous collaboration of the Art Brut Collection in Lausanne.