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Mons (Belgium), european capital of culture 2015, organize the exhibition MONSens from June 20 to September 6, 2015, at city’s the Beaux-arts.

MONSens combines two projects which perfectly illustrate the evolution of our perception and appreciation of outsider art. The first, Outsider Art Past and Present, will focus on the change in the significance attributed to such works (Aloïse Corbaz, Paul Duhem, Martha Grunenwaldt, Johann Hauser, Willem Van Genk, Adolf Wölfli…). The second, Interaction, will present the results of workshops bringing together contemporary artists and people with mental disabilities residing in Le Carosse.

The gallery lent for this exhibition three statues by Michel Nedjar and three paintings by Carlo Zinelli.

carlo zinelli - © christian berst — art brut

Carlo Zinelli

Interned at 21 years old, after volunteering for the Spanish Civil War during WWII, Carlo Zinelli is now seen as a main figure of art brut. As tales illustrating episodes that preceded his internment, his iterative and dislocated drawings in which perspective is abolished in favour of interstitial writings that seem to proclaim the concept of « modernity ». Honoured in many international exhibitions, Carlo Zinelli was sacred by Massimiliano Gioni at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Michel Nedjar in his workshop - © christian berst — art brut

Michel Nedjar

Though Frenchman Michel Nedjar is the most widely exhibited and published living representative of art brut, his extraordinary trajectory poses a rarely-adressed question – namely, the impermanence of art brut. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet when the latter was working on the resurgence of the symbolic body, Nedjar became the protean artist whom we know today and who embodies absolute freedom in creation. Present in countless collections, he is the first brut artist whose works were included in the collections of Beaubourg (France). Since 2008, he has had no fewer than six solo shows at such venues as Le Mahj (Paris), LaM (Lille), the Gugging Museum (Vienna), and the gallery.

portrait of pascal tassini - © mario del curto, christian berst — art brut

Pascal Tassini

For more than thirty years, Pascal Tassini has been frequenting the Workshop of Créahm (Belgium), where he created his own house of objects attached to each other by rosaries of cloth knots. As with Schwitters, Tassini’s Merzbau is protean and evolutionary. This “hidden husband of Annette Messenger” (says Léa Chauvel-Lévy) produces, with a similar process, the various elements necessary for the sumptuous wedding he dreams of, from the wedding dress to the buttonholes. Presented in 2019 in the exhibition “Extravaganza” of the Treger Saint Silvestre collection, Pascal Tassini is also part of the collections of the Madmusée (Belgium) and the Hervé Lancelin Pinacotheque (Luxembourg).


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