After several decades, Italy is providing the opportunity to attend a major retrospective of the work of Jean Dubuffet. A specific section will illustrate his work as a collector and expert through the presentation of a core of 30 works by historical art brut artists.
Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia will celebrate Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, both iconoclastic and unclassifiable.
The exhibition Jean Dubuffet. Art in Play. Matter and Spirit 1943–1985, aims to present the figure of a universal and multifaceted genius by exploring his numerous creative cycles, his vast research and his innovative, surprising and original technical experiments.
The retrospective, curated by Martina Mazzotta and Frédéric Jaeger, presents a selection of 140 works – paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphics, artist’s books and music discs – mainly arriving from the Dubuffet Foundation and the Musée des Arts Décoratif in Paris, as well as from museums such as the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, Musée d’Art Moderne et contemporain in Toulouse and in Saint Étienne, Musei Civici in Savona MUSA, Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and private collections in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. A specific section, realised in collaboration with Giorgio Bedoni, completes the itinerary with 30 works by historical exponents of art brut deriving from the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, private swiss collections and from the Gugging Museum in Vienna.