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aloïse corbaz - © alfred bader, christian berst — art brut
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
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.
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.
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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
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.
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 Raphaël Pic, Beaux Arts Magazine. May 2, 2012.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Antoine de Galbert collection
Gugging Museum
collection de l’Art brut
American Folk Art Museum
United States
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abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Hervé Lancelin collection
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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