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Henry Darger - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1892 — 1973
Country United States

Henry Darger is 4 years old when his mother dies giving birth to his little sister whom he will never see. At 7, his father sends him to a home where violence and bullying reign, then to an asylum for retarded children from which he escapes. In the early 1920s, he joined a Chicago hospital as a janitor and stayed there until his retirement in 1963. At the age of 19, he began writing a saga of more than fifteen thousand pages entitled Royaumes de l’Irréel (Kingdoms of the Unreal), which describes the struggle of the Vivian sisters, helped by Captain Henry Darger, against the evil adults, the Glandeliniens. He illustrates this epic with huge plates drawn on both sides, decorated with illustrations cut out of the newspapers, depicting little girls (some with the sex of a little boy). Its production was discovered by Nathan Lerner, its owner, after Darger entered a nursing home.

Exhibitions
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.
Vestiges & Verse
Notes from the Newfangled Epic, American Folk Art Museum, New York. From January 21, 2018 to December 27, 2017.
Les Refuges du récit
Écritures, langues et mondes imaginaires à partir de l’art brut, LaM, Villeneuve d'Ascq. From October 19, 2017 to March 28, 2018.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
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Henry Darger
1892-1973, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris . From May 29 to October 11, 2015.
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.
Arte Bruta Terra Incognita
by Christian Berst, Collection Treger-Saint Silvestre, Lisbonne. From April 20 to September 13, 2012.
glossolalia: languages of drawing
MoMA, New York. From March 26, 2008 to July 7, 2007.
Inner Worlds Outside
Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid ; Whitechapel gallery, London ; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. From January 18 to December 30, 2006.
Exhibition view of *Histórias de Violência: Um diálogo entre obras da Coleção Treger/Saint Silvestre*, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal, 2018. - © Oliva Creative Factory, christian berst — art brut
Press review
outsider art of the moment: 66 exhibitors, 7 countries, 1 fair
Holland Cotter, The New York Times. January 18, 2020.
L’art brut à contre courant
Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee Et Patrick Le Fur, Arts Magazine. August 29, 2014.
La flambée de l’art brut
Emmanuelle Lequeux, Beaux Arts. August 29, 2014.
Arte bruta
Richard Treger, Raw Vision. April 11, 2014.
Collections
LaM, musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut de Lille Métropole
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
abcd collection
France
Henry Darger

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