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    • In 1964, André Robillard decided to "make something of his life": he set about assembling various objects taken from waste bins to come up with his first rifles. At the age of eighty-three, this creator of Art Brut continues to produce works in the vein of those that inspired Jean Dubuffet to include several specimens in his own collection. Combining salvaged materials and carved wood, for fifty years now Robillard has unflaggingly constructed rifles, as well as airplanes, sputniks, and animals. He also continues to produce many drawings in colored pencil or felt-tip pen with, as his subject matter, war, aerospace, the animal world and sports.

      The first solo show by the Collection de l'Art Brut devoted to André Robillard's creations highlights his capacity for experimenting, for seeking out new approaches by varying as much his subjects as his supports. This vast retrospective, featuring 130 pieces exclusively from the Lausanne museum's holdings, together with a selection of photographs, archival documents and films, pays tribute to one of the last "historic" creators of Art Brut still alive today.

      Art Brut has played a major role in the artistic recognition bestowed upon André Robillard's oeuvre. On the one hand, having first discovered Robillard's rifles thanks to Dr. Paul Renard, Jean Dubuffet was inspired to add several to his own collection. And on the other, Robillard's works went on display as part of the Lausanne museum's Permanent Collection right from its opening in 1976. A year later, the museum's first director, Michel Thévoz, sent Robillard a postal card depicting his 1964 rifle. This highly delighted the creator, inspiring him to go on working non-stop: he thus sought to "kill misery" and "change his life."

      Exhibition Curator: Sarah Lombardi
      Director of the Collection de l’Art Brut

      Presentation of André Robillard by Sarah Lombardi

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    • Practical information


      november 28, 2014 - april 19, 2015

      Opening reception

      Thursday 27 november 2014
      6pm - Collection de l'Art Brut Lausanne
      8:30pm - Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne

      Exhibition curator

      Sarah Lombardi, director of the Collection de l'Art Brut


      André Robillard, (French/ English), directed by Sarah Lombardi, Lausanne/ Milan, Collection de l’Art Brut/ 5 Continents, 2014, (160 pages, 168 ill.), incl. a DVD


      The exhibition is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

      Free guided tours

      November 29 at 11am
      January 17 at 2pm
      March 21 at 2pm
      online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

      On September 6 and October 4, tours for the public are scheduled at the same time as the Young Public workshops.

      Young public workshop (ages 6-12)
      Fee: 10.- per child

      January 17 at 2pm
      March 11 at 2pm
      March 21 at 2pm
      online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

      Exhibition activities album

      For youngsters ages 6 to 10
      Offered free of charge, together with a box of colored pencils.

      Guided tours

      Upon request for groups and classes: in French, German, English and Italian.

      Free guided tours for teachers (duration 60 min)

      Thursday 4 december 5pm
      Thursday 15 january 5pm
      online booking, within the limits of the seats available.