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A major figure in Art Brut, Aloïse Corbaz created over 2,000 drawings, most of them double-sided, in an asylum setting. This woman, who dreamed of being an opera singer and was an eternal romantic, had an almost mystical relationship with her work, which was admired by Jean Dubuffet. Today, her work is part of major collections such as the American Folk Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the Collection de l’Art Brut.

aloïse corbaz - © alfred bader, christian berst — art brut
Name Aloïse Corbaz
Date 1886 — 1964
Country Switzerland

Aloïse Corbaz, the seventh child of a postal worker, was born in Lausanne in 1886, into a modest, uneducated family marked by alcoholism. In 1911, after falling madly in love with a defrocked priest, she was sent to Germany, where she worked as a teacher and later as the governess of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s chaplain in Potsdam. Remaining single, she then developed a delusional passion for the emperor, whom she glimpsed momentarily. It was on the eve of the war that she exhibited the first symptoms of schizophrenia. She was interned five years later, in 1918, first at the Cery Hospital, then in 1920 at the Rosière asylum in Gimel, where she remained until her death.

Aloïse’s entire body of work is a romantic idealization of the couple. Created with colored pencils on large pieces of recycled paper sewn together and often used on both sides. Her characters are easily recognizable by their empty gaze, generally drawn in blue, like a theater mask, or by the sensual makeup of their thick lips above abundant breasts depicted as bouquets of roses. After 1949, her works, with more complex compositions, became a series of theatrical scenes. The largest of these can reach 14 meters, sometimes double-sided.

It wasn’t until 1936 that people began to recognize the exceptional work of this patient, which later caught the interest of Jacqueline Porret-Forel, a doctor who dedicated her thesis to her. Aloïse continued to create until she died in 1964.

In May 2024, the biopic dedicated to Aloïse Corbaz (made in 1975) by Liliane de Kermadec and André Téchiné, with Isabelle Huppert and Delphine Seyrig in the roles of young and adult Aloïse, and Michael Lonsdale as the doctor, was re-released in theaters in a restored version.

In 2024, her works are presented at the Venice Biennale under the curatorship of Adriano Pedrosa.

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Untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled, 1945
7.87 x 10.63 in
Marie Stuart - © christian berst — art brut
Marie Stuart, 1945
17.32 x 22.44 in
untitled, 1945
16.14 x 45.67 in
Art brut, masterpieces and discoveries carte blanche à Bruno Decharme
Art brut, masterpieces and discoveries - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Bruno Decharme
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Art brut, masterpieces and discoveries : carte blanche à Bruno Decharme, from october 21st to november 29th, 2014.

little venice
aloïse corbaz madge gill leopold strobl anna zemánková, main gallery. From May 18 to June 15, 2024.
Aloïse Corbaz, Madge Gill, Leopold Strobl et Anna Zemánková at the Venice Biennale
Foreigners everywhere, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Biennale de Venise. From April 20 to November 24, 2024.
over 50 brut artists in l’esprit singulier
Curator: Martine Lusardy, halle saint-pierre. From March 12 to August 14, 2024.
celestial epics
art brut in the Decharme collection, Villa Médicis. From March 1 to May 19, 2024.
Culturas Paralelas:
works from the treger saint silvestre collection, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. From February 17 to April 22, 2023.
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5th art brut biennial :
beliefs, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne. From December 17, 2021 to May 1, 2022.
Art Brut in the Giacosa-Ferraiuolo collection, Rome. From September 25, 2021 to January 30, 2022.
Sereno variavel
curated by Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira. From October 31, 2020 to May 2, 2021.
Scrivere Disegnando
when the language seeks its other, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève . From January 29 to August 23, 2020.
À deux
by Gustavo Giacosa, galerie Zola, Aix-en-Provence. From January 17 to March 7, 2020.
4th Biennale of Art Brut
Theatre, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From November 29, 2019 to August 30, 2020.
Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, Rencontre d'Arles. From July 1 to September 22, 2019.
Floral Fantasies
Between Symbolism and Outsider Art, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum. From March 31 to August 4, 2019.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
mediums and visionaires, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Palma. From February 15 to June 2, 2019.
Vestiges & Verse
Notes from the Newfangled Epic, American Folk Art Museum, New York. From January 21, 2018 to December 27, 2017.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From November 13, 2015 to April 17, 2016.
Aloïse Corbaz
in constellations, LaM, Villeneuve-d'Ascq. From February 14 to May 10, 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.
Collecting Madness
Outsider Art from the Damman Collection Volume #2, Prinzhorn Collection, Allemagne . From March 14 to April 14, 2014.
Collection de l'art brut, Lausanne. From November 8, 2013 to April 27, 2014.
Aloïse Corbaz
The solar ricochet, Collection de l’Art Brut & Musée Cantonnal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne. From June 2 to October 28, 2012.
Amicalement brut
Collection Eternod & Mermod, Musée d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut, Lille. From April 9 to August 28, 2011.
World transformers
the art of outsiders, Schirn Kunsthalle . From September 24, 2010 to January 9, 2011.
Aloïse like a butterfly on her
Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Japon. From May 15 to August 16, 2009.
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 *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators : ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, 2019. - © kunstforum, nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators : ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, 2019. - © kunstforum, nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
Aloïse Corbaz - © christian berst — art brut
Press review
Ressortie en salles du joyau « Aloïse » avec Isabelle Huppert et Delphine Seyrig : le calice jusqu’à l’oubli
Camille Nevers, Libération. May 8, 2024.
Nos critiques des sorties cinéma de la semaine : « La vie selon Ann », « La Planète des singes », « Comme un lundi »…
Service Culture, Libération. May 8, 2024.
Cinéma : Aloïse Corbaz sur grand écran
Camille Larbey, La Gazette Drouot. April 30, 2024.
« Ces artistes sont des visionnaires » : une des plus grandes collections d’art brut au monde exposée à Rome
Eric Tariant, Connaissance Des Arts. April 24, 2024.
Aloïse Corbaz, une « étrangère » suisse sur la lagune
Florence Millioud, TdG. April 20, 2024.
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Aloïse at the Venice Biennale
Venezia News. April 19, 2024.
Central Pavilion Review: A Celebration of ‘Outsiders’ That Lacks a Punch
Sean Burns, Frieze. April 19, 2024.
La Biennale de Venise parle étranger
Rafael Pic, Le Quotidien De L’Art. April 17, 2024.
L’art brut entre par la grande porte à la Villa Médicis
Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, The Art Newspaper. April 11, 2024.
the art of the mad
Marina Almeida, Portico. February 7, 2024.
L’art brut, nouvelle folie des musées
Valérie Duponchelle, Le Figaro. February 28, 2023.
confessioni di un collezionista. Intervista a antoine de galbert
Roberta Trapani, Rivista Osservatorio Outsidersart N°24. September 23, 2022.
Un Monde d’art Brut - Par Oriol Malet & Christian Berst - Delcourt/Encrages
DT, ActuBD. August 13, 2022.
Lorsque l’art brut est poli par les croyances
Laurence Desbordes, L’illustré. February 25, 2022.
C’est quoi… l’art brut ?
Lise Lanot, Konbini. February 1, 2022.
Comment les croyances animent l’Art Brut
Claire Margat, January 17, 2022.
Quand la Nativité et la spiritualité inspirent l’art brut
Elisa De Halleux, Le Temps. December 24, 2021.
Au fil du faire avec Michel Nedjar et cie
Vincent Delaury, Le Journal Des Arts. November 23, 2021.
Culture / L’Art brut: un succès non démenti
Yves Tenret, Bon Pour La Tête. November 19, 2021.
BD du mois – Se laisser tenter par l’aventure
Charlène Ponzo, Maze. October 27, 2021.
L’art brut adapté en bande dessinée
Natacha Wolinski, The Art Newspaper. October 8, 2021.
L’art brut met un pied à Rome
Olivier Tosseri, Le Journal Des Arts. October 6, 2021.
Voyage mystique à Chamarande avec Michel Nedjar
Guy Boyer, Connaissance Des Arts. September 29, 2021.
Au Centre Pompidou, l’art brut trouve sa place dans les collections du musée
Clémentine Mercier, Libération. June 11, 2021.
Blistène achève son mandat avec une énorme donation d’art brut
Rafael Pic, Le Quotidien De L’Art. June 10, 2021.
La collection de Bruno Decharme, un trésor d’art brut
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. June 10, 2021.
L’art brut prend ses quartiers à Beaubourg
Roxana Azimi, Le Monde. June 10, 2021.
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
scrivere disegnando. Quand la langue cherche son autre.
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.
Artpress à Arles. épisode 3
Charles-Arthur Boyer, Artpress. July 18, 2019.
Pépites brutes
E.L., Beaux Arts Magazine. July 2, 2019.
collectionneurs d’art brut
Claire Margat, La Quinzaine Littéraire. March 16, 2019.
flying high - künstlerinnen der art brut: frau und kunst, freiheit und geheimnis
Angelica Baumer, Artmagazine. February 25, 2019.
Qu’acheter en période de crise : l’avis de christian berst
Stéphanie Pioda Et Rafael Pic, Beaux Arts Magazine. May 2, 2012.
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
Gugging Museum
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
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Antoine de Galbert collection
Hervé Lancelin collection
American Folk Art Museum
United States
The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Dammann collection
Aloïse Corbaz

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