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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.

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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.

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

Michel Nedjar

He is the living most exposed and published brut artist and yet, the extraordinary trajectory of this Frenchman poses a question rarely addressed: that of the impermanence of art brut. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet during his work on the resurgence of the symbolic body, he then became the protean artist we know today and who, in creation, embodies an absolute freedom. Found in numerous collections, he is the first brut artist whose works were added to the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (France). Since 2008, he has been celebrated through six monographic exhibitions by Le Mahj (Paris), LaM (Lille), the Gugging Museum (Vienna), and the gallery.

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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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