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Alexandre Lobanov - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1924 — 2003
Country Russia (Russian Federation)

At the age of seven, Alexandre Lobanov became deaf and mute, the result of meningitis. Rebellious and often aggressive, his family decided to admit him into a psychiatric hospital at the age of twenty-three. His first ten years at the facility were marked by extreme displays of hate and agitation. At the approximate age of thirty-three, Lobanov gradually began to draw, and his behavior evolved. The formerly turbulent and irritable man became calmer and even sociable. Drawing both distracted and soothed him, helping to stabilize his overall psychological state.

From the moment he begins to draw, all of Lobanov’s activity is focused on those moments when he is alone in front of a blank sheet of paper. Smiling, he first draws a border, carefully, then plunges literally into his own world. A sheet of paper, for him, is a sort of threshold or window opening onto something else. Lobanov’s behavior shifted so much over the years that he was able to live a somewhat normal life, even allowed to leave the institution occasionally in the company of a driver. Up until his death, he spent all of his free time drawing.

Ever since the retrospective hosted by the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne (2007) and the release of a monograph published in the same year, Lobanov is considered to be one of art brut’s major figures.

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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
15.75 x 11.02 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
15.75 x 11.42 in
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *preTENse*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2015. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Stéphane Corréard
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition preTENse, from September 12th to October 10th, 2015.

celestial epics
art brut in the Decharme collection, Villa Médicis. From March 1 to May 19, 2024.
DOX centre d'art contemporain, Prague. June 3, 2022.
Photo Brut
Coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, American Folk Art Museum, New York. From January 24 to June 6, 2021.
Sereno variavel
curated by Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira. From October 31, 2020 to May 2, 2021.
4th Biennale of Art Brut
Theatre, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From November 29, 2019 to August 30, 2020.
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Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, Rencontre d'Arles. From July 1 to September 22, 2019.
Histories of violence
a dialogue between the works of the treger saint silvestre collection, Núcleo de arte da oliva, Portugal. From April 14, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies, Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal. From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
Biennale de l’Image Possible
Liège, Belgique. From August 20 to October 16, 2016.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Elevations, Bruno Decharme & Antoine de Galbert Collections
Hommage à Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, Château de Hauterives . From April 30 to 27, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Raw Vision
25 years of art brut, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris . From September 18, 2013 to August 22, 2014.
art paris - art fair 2013
Grand Palais. From March 28 to April 1, 2013.
outsider art fair
From February 11 to 13, 2011.
back in the U.S.S.R.
figures de l’art brut russe 2, at the gallery. From January 22 to March 5, 2010.
Aleksander Lobanov
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From February 16 to May 27, 2007.
Figures of Russian art brut
Lobanov, Almazov, Leonov, Romanenkov, at the gallery. From February 24 to April 1, 2006.
Dubuffet & l’art brut
Museum kunst palast, Dusseldorf ; Collection de l'art brut, Lausanne ; LAM, Villeneuve d'Ascq. From April 23 to September 23, 2005.
exhibition view of *historias de violencia*, curator : gustavo giacosa, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, 2018. - © oliva creative factory, christian berst — art brut
view of *international biennial of photography*, biennale de l'image possible, liège, belgium, fom august 20th to october 16th, 2016. - © biennale de l'image possible, photo: muriel thies, christian berst — art brut
christian berst art brut booth, *art paris art fair*, le grand palais, paris, from march 28th to april 1st, 2013. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
the art of the mad
Marina Almeida, Portico. February 7, 2024.
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
Arles 6 : Photographie brute, vers un peu de cohérence
Marc Lenot, Amateur D’art, Par Lunettes Rouges. September 4, 2019.
les 50 meilleures galeries d’art de paris
Tania Brimson, Houssine Bouchama, Clotilde Gaillard, Time Out. September 3, 2019.
Artpress à Arles. épisode 3
Charles-Arthur Boyer, Artpress. July 18, 2019.
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Photo / Brut - Flammarion
Alain Vollerin, Blog Des Arts. July 13, 2019.
Rencontres d’Arles 2019 : Brutale est la Photo/Brut
Coline Olsina, Blind. July 7, 2019.
Pépites brutes
E.L., Beaux Arts Magazine. July 2, 2019.
15 expositions à voir absolument aux Rencontres de la Photographie 2019 à Arles
Hettie Judan, Vogue. July 1, 2019.
l’envolée de l’art brut
éric Tariant, Le Temps. November 13, 2017.
le nouveau pôle de l’art brut
Véronique Bouruet-Aubertot, Connaissance Des Arts. February 2, 2015.
Art Paris shines a spotlight on Russia
Celestine Bohlen, International Herald Tribune. April 2, 2013.
Se différencier de la FIAC
Henri-François Debailleux, Le Journal Des Arts . March 15, 2013.
Art Paris la saison russe
The Good Life. February 28, 2013.
L’art brut épate les galeries
Eric Tariant, We Demain. February 5, 2013.
mea culpa + mea felicita
Philippe Ducat, Oh Cet Echo. November 14, 2012.
Animula Vagula. January 20, 2010.
Retour en USSR (Figures de l'art brut russe II)
Eric Dussert, L'alamblog. January 15, 2010.
Laurent Danchin, Raw Vision. July 4, 2006.
Figures de l'art brut russe
Artension. March 31, 2006.
Brut russe à la galerie Objet trouvé
Libération. March 20, 2006.
Figures de l'art brut russe
A Nous Paris. March 20, 2006.
Les figures de l'art brut russe
Télérama Sortir. March 8, 2006.
Figures de l'art brut russe
Animula Vagula. February 22, 2006.
Art brut : l'irréductible
Avec Une Interview De Christian Berst, Télérama Sortir. February 15, 2006.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
collection de l’Art brut
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
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abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Antoine de Galbert collection
Piet Meyer collection
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Musée d’Ivanovo
Russia (Russian Federation)
Museum of Outsider Art
Russia (Russian Federation)
Alexandre Lobanov

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