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Name Aloïse Corbaz
Date 1886 — 1964
Country Switzerland

Aloïse Corbaz was born in Switzerland in 1886. At the end of her schooling her dream was to become an opera singer and, already then, she began composing religious propaganda. To cut short a relationship of which she disapproved, her elder sister ordered Aloïse to leave for Germany; there Aloïse worked as a governess in various situations, including a stint in Potsdam, in William II’s court. Thereupon, she fell in love with the emperor, imagining a torrid love affair with him. The war’s outbreak obliged her to leave the country hurriedly. Back in Switzerland, she showed signs of such exalted religious and pacifist feelings that she was committed to the Cery-sur-Lausanne asylum in 1918, followed by the La Rosière Asylum in Gimel-sur-Morges, where she would remain until her death.

Shortly after entering the hospital, she began writing and drawing. Until 1936, she did so in secret, using lead pencil and ink. At times, too, she resorted to flower petal juice, as well as crushed leaves and toothpaste. She used wrapping paper, sometimes sewn with thread, in order to achieve large formats; and, too, envelopes, pieces of cardboard and the backs of calendars. Often as well she used sketch books, which came to represent a specific sector of her oeuvre. She developed a fantasized world in these, often favoring the support’s vertical direction. Aloïse created a personal cosmogony filled with princely and political figures — like Napoleon Bonaparte, for instance, and blue-eyed historical heroines — like Marie-Antoinette and Queen Elizabeth.

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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
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.

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.
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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
Press review
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.
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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
D’art et d’actu : L’art brut
Language English
Aloïse Corbaz

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