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Following the success of the solo show dedicated to Anna Zemánková at Paris+ by Art Basel 2023, seven works by this artist have been loaned to the 60th Venice Biennale.

The 60th Venice Biennale, Foreigners Everywhere curated by Adriano Pedrosa*, revolve around the figure of the stranger and also focus on the production of other related subjects: “The queer artist, who has navigated through different sexualities and genders, often persecuted or outlawed; the outsider artist, who exists on the margins of the art world, along with the autodidact and the so-called folkloric artist; as well as the indigenous artist, often treated as a stranger in their own country.”

*Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil) is the artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, where he has curated numerous exhibitions, including Histories of Dance (2020) and Brazilian Histories (2022). He was named the 2023 laureate of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.

aloïse corbaz - © alfred bader, christian berst — art brut


A major figure in Art Brut, Aloïse Corbaz created over 2,000 drawings, most of them double-sided, in an asylum setting. This woman, who dreamed of being an opera singer and was an eternal romantic, had an almost mystical relationship with her work, which was admired by Jean Dubuffet. Today, her work is part of major collections such as the American Folk Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the Collection de l’Art Brut.

Madge Gill - © christian berst — art brut

Madge Gill

The works of Madge Gill, a mediumistic artist from the mid-20th century, were collected by Jean Dubuffet. Guided by a spirit and in a trance state, Madge Gill drew in ink on surfaces ranging from small formats to rolls of over a hundred meters. Her entire body of work was only discovered after she died in 1961. Today considered a key figure in outsider art, her works can be found in major European and North American collections: American Folk Art Museum (New York, USA), the Museum of Everything (UK), Arnulf Rainer Collection (Austria), Damman (Switzerland), etc. In 2024, her works are presented at the Venice Biennale curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

anna zemankova - © christian berst — art brut

Anna Zemánková

It was in the early 1960s that this Moravian woman began producing a body of work for which her humble background had not prepared her and which responded strikingly to injunctions from the innermost depths. Thus, at a time when the demons of the night were still competing with the seminal iridescence of dawn, she would gather strange flowers in her mind before drawing them forth on paper. ‘‘I grow flowers that don’t grow anywhere else,’’ she used to say. Anna Zemánková is already an established figure in the art brut, so much so that in 2013 she was honored at the 55th Venice Biennale before an important group of her works joined the collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2020.

leopold strobl, gugging - © marco prenninger, christian berst — art brut

Leopold Strobl

Leopold Strobl has been part of Gugging (Austria) for the last ten years, finding comfort and redemption in art, a way of holding his mental demons off. He draws with colored pencil on small-format. Crafted on landscape photographs found in newspapers, his drawings are similar to magnetic portals. Strobl is part of the Museum Of Modern Art (New York) collections since 2018, his work was presented the following year in the exhibition Photo | Brut at the Rencontres d’Arles.

Aloïse Corbaz, Madge Gill, Leopold Strobl et Anna Zemánková at the Venice Biennale

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