For more than 30 years, La Tinaia - the expression centre of the San Salvi psychiatric hospital in Florence - was, until its recent closure, the transalpine capital of “irregular art”, the Italian variant of Art Brut.
Created in 1975 by Massimo Mensi in the wake of anti-institutional experiments - known in France as anti-psychiatry - Tinaia was more an experience of community life where creation played a key role than an art therapy workshop as we understand it today. Isn’t the Tinaia - the “cellar” in Tuscany - the place where the grapes are pressed and the wine matures? Together with the Gugging Centre in Austria, the Tinaia Centre was the only institutional workshop to be honoured in 1992 with a presentation in the Art Brut books.
A rare opportunity, therefore, to (re)discover these great creators such as Galli, Gelli, Pastore, Raugei and Ulivieri whose works are present in collections all over the world.
Coming from a poor working-class family, Marco Raugei was bullied and beaten as a child by his three brothers and sisters. He attended school for five years before being placed in various medico-educational institutions. From 1986 onwards, he attended La Tinaia, an expression centre at the San Salvi Psychiatric Hospital in Florence. After two years spent walking around the studio in monologue, he began to draw. His drawings, made with black felt pen on large sheets of paper, repeat objects or figures from his daily life, animals, characters, constructions, aligned horizontally, only stopping once the sheet has been filled in. Although almost identical, his figures in the same work, […]