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Design machines to heal incurable diseases, invade the city and proclaim messages of peace, set up plans to destroy misery, build shelters to house the population in the event of a global disaster…

Whether upset by tragic event or called by a higher force, the authors presented in this exhibition feel compelled by a mission ever so intrinsically connected with their creativity. They all give their utmost to devise imaginary solutions to repair or save the world.

The gallery lent works by Guo Fengyi.

Artists
Giovanni Battista Podesta - © christian berst — art brut

Giovanni Battista Podesta

Giovanni Battista Podesta, born in 1895 in Torre Pallavicina (northern Italy), is the only son of a peasant family of thirteen children very poor, the father having died young, Giovanni environment is exclusively female. Its financial condition forced him to leave school at the age of ten in favor of aid work mason. Called to war, he knows his return and reintegration difficulties must resign himself to commit three years with the carabinieri. It is then sent to Laveno, a small village on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where he met his future wife whom he married after leaving his post to work in a ceramics factory. The couple has two children. Joint, Giovanni began his creative activity. He[…]

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andré robillard - © christian berst — art brut

André Robillard

Interned since his teens, André Robillard built his life in the hospital. It was around the age of 30 that this French artist began to create rifles with materials found here and there. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet and encouraged by Michel Thévoz (director of the Art Brut collection), he continues to create his hybrid objects, from machine guns to Sputnik. André Robillard’s incredible story has earned him international recognition. Present in the collections of the LaM (France), Whitworth (UK) or MAC’s (Belgium), he was notably celebrated in the closing exhibition of the maison rouge (Paris) in 2018.

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guo fengyi drawing - © christian berst — art brut

Fengyi Guo

Living her spirituality through the paths of Qigong, it was at the dawn of her 40th birthday that Guo Fengyi began to reinterpret popular Chinese beliefs in drawings of ink and brush. On rolls of rice paper, measuring up to 10 meters, entities unfold: sometimes linked to the pantheon, sometimes to the pandemonium, they seem to float in a space-time void. These heretical scrolls were even exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

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george widener - © christian berst — art brut

George Widener

A former U.S. Air Force technician, chronically depressed and antisocial, it is only when he reached his thirties that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. His syndrome is characterized by an eidetic memory that allows him to insert in his works a lot of data, especially encrypted, relating to his favorite subjects. Time, magic squares, the Titanic, and fictional megalopolises are among the recurring themes of his drawings. Present, among others, in the collections of the Smithsonian (Washington), his art has been shown at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, in the cult exhibition Le Bord des Mondes or in Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery in London.

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