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This exhibition, at the intersection of art and psychiatry, explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles (Reus, Spain, 1912 - Granges-sur-Lot, France, 1994).

After fleeing the Nationalist government of Franco amidst the Spanish Civil War, Tosquelles arrived in 1940 at the Saint-Alban psychiatric hospital in Southern France, where he devised a series of revolutionary psychiatric practices that came to be called “institutional psychotherapy,” predicated on non-hierarchical relations between patients, doctors, manual laborers on site, neighboring communities, and outsiders.

Léon Schwarz-Abrys in the exhibition Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut

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