Motto: In an age when growing numbers of people tend to think dangerously alike, art´s capacity to suspend, even for a moment, our habitual ways of seeing may well prove to be of its greatest value.
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The exhibition presents a selection of over three hundred works from the collection of French collector Bruno Decharme, which is one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary art brut in the world. Aside from a presentation of art brut works, the intent of the exhibition is to break down the stereotypical understanding of the artistic expression of artists who are often standing on the fringes of society.
On 9 June 2014, the independent Izolyatsia cultural foundation located in the Donetsk region was occupied by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Their offices, gallery, and art studios were pillaged and demolished, and are currently being used as an arms warehouse, a military training camp, and a prison where interrogations and torture take place. The exhibition presents the story of this independent cultural institution amidst the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The second part of the Art Brut Live exhibition consists of over one hundred images by Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto. His portraits of art brut artists, along with documentary images of the environment in which the artists live and work, are a unique key to understanding their work.
Three photographers from Respekt Magazine were there during floods, election campaigns, the NATO convoy, and a solar eclipse. Their photographs show the extent to which the exceptional moments of our lives are linked with banal everyday ones. And that one cannot imagine one without the other.
This exhibition, which takes place in the spirit of journeys to the stars, records an encounter between two absolutely different worlds – that of native culture and contemporary civilization. It is the continuation of a project of more than 15 years by sculptor Lukáš Rittstein and photographer Barbora Šlapetová, who worked with the last Papuan tribe, the Yali Mek.
Until the end of June, the Art Archive features posters and photos documenting the extensive exhibition activity of the “Lobby Gallery” in Blansko (21 May – 28 Jun 2015). The Polička project will give you a rare opportunity to look at a classic of Czech literature from a different perspective - K. H. Mácha’s Máj in an author’s book by Anna Pleštilová (4 Jun – 1 Jul 2015).