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Thailand and Japan ART BRUT: Figure of Unknown Beauty

Date : 19 July - 03 November 2019
Location: Main gallery, 8th Floor
By Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, International Exchange Program Executive Committee for Disabled people’s Culture and Arts, JAPAN and The Rainbow Room Foundation, THAILAND
Opening Reception: Thursday 18th July 2019

Term of Art Brut isn’t new paradigm of art expression nevertheless for some audience never experiences this sincere invention of aesthetics, created by artist who is outside world of art academic curriculum. Its inception in 1945 by Jean Dubuffet- Art Brut serves as a particular genre of creativities, exposing hidden dialogue and demonstration of arts in terms of naïve, rawness, freedom, unexplainable communication and boundary less.
A featured principle of Art Brut refers to a person or group of the social and cultural isolation -as outsider art: disabilities, prisoner, non-art training and senior citizen etc. - who employ creative practices for personal purposes. Even though, those “do not consider themselves to be artists and they do not designate their production as art.”, Dubuffet addressed. Self-centeredness / intuitiveness are able to elucidate the means and ends of Art Brut.
This time, when organizing this first large-scale Art Brut exhibition in Southeast Asia as a joint project between Thailand and Japan, we will introduce the works of about 50 artists from Japan and Thailand which include paintings, ceramics, three-dimensional works, photographs, images, etc. divided into five categories. The first category will introduce works with the topic of "freshness", which is the tendency seen in many works. The second category shifts the point of view to the works’ production environment and looks at materials and techniques from the fact that they are used and created in everyday life. The third category will show the authors' thoughts and wishes which were at the source of creations for each topic. The second half of the fourth category focuses on the background of the works’ production and introduces the relationship between the authors and others around them. In the fifth category, collaborative works of contemporary artists and Art Brut artists who attempted new productions will be exhibited.

For more information, please contact
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel. 02 214 6630 – 8 ext 531



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