Eugen Gabritschevsky - november 11, 2016 through february 19, 2017

  • Marking its fortieth anniversary, the Collection de l’Art Brut is showing the little known oeuvre of Eugen Gabritschevsky (1893-1979). This Russian creator's works first met the public eye thanks to their integration by Jean Dubuffet into his personal Art Brut collection, as of 1950.

    The Eugen Gabritschevsky show is being set up jointly with the La maison rouge (Paris, July 8 - Sept. 18, 2016) and the American Folk Art Museum (New York, March 13 - Aug. 13, 2017). It comprises 75 works from the Collection de l'Art Brut holdings, together with a good number of works on loan from abroad, i.e. from both the creator's family and the Galerie Chave in Vence (Fr). Featuring 145 of Gabritschevsky's pieces, the show also includes photographs, texts by his pen and archival documents.

    The son of a renowned bacteriologist, this creator was born in Moscow. After studies in biology and then specialization in genetics, he went on to publish several articles that were well-received in scientific circles. Thereupon, Columbia University (NY) invited Eugen to pursue his research with them; and, in 1926, he set off to pursue his work at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. While thusly on the threshold of a brilliant scientific career, health problems put an end to his plans. He was committed to the Eglfing-Haar Psychiatric Hospital near Munich in 1931; here he would remain some fifty years, until his death.

    Eugen Gabritschevsky devoted himself to artistic creation for over forty years, producing a total of some five thousand paintings and drawings. These he carried out on scrap paper and the backs of calendar pages and official circulars, resorting randomly to watercolor and gouache which he applied by brush or finger and then—using a rag or a sponge—shaped into suggestive forms. He would heighten the resulting outlines by brush to spawn monstrous hominoid figures, fantasy world stage scenes and bizarre animals in enigmatic landscapes. He also was wont to experiment other work methods, including scraping, plant element imprints, Tachism and pliage, inviting surprising elements to spring forth. This show treats viewers to the multiple facets of this creator's major and complex production.

    Exhibition curator :
    Sarah Lombardi, Director, Collection de l’Art Brut
    Research assistant :
    Pascale Jeanneret, Curator, Collection de l’Art Brut

    With the support of the Honorary Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Lausanne.

    The "Eugen Gabritschevsky" exhibition in the medias:
    "L'art par hasard", L'Hebdo, Luc Debraine, 20 octobre 2016
    "Eugen Gabritschevsky, l'imagination d'un grand scientifique", Sortir (Le Temps), Elisabeth Chardon, 22 octobre 2016 page 2 ici
    "Happé par le néant, sauvé par la fantaisie", 24Heures, Florence Millioud-Henriques, 12 november 2016
    Chronique de Lucienne Peiry, RTS (Espace2) émission "A vous de jouer", 19 novembre 2016 (Starts at 10:30)
    Arts visuels: "Eugen Gabritschevsky", Collection de lʹArt Brut à Lausanne, RTS (Espace 2, émission "culture au point"), 9.12.2016
    "Colores que brotan de una cabeza atormentada", El Pais, 2 janvier 2017
  • Practical information


    11 November 2016 - 19 February 2017

    Opening reception

    Thursday 10 November 2016, 6:30pm

    Exhibition curator

    Sarah Lombardi, Director, Collection de l’Art Brut
    Research assistant :Pascale Jeanneret, Curator, Collection de l’Art Brut


    Eugen Gabritschevsky 1893-1979, directed by Antoine de Galbert, Noëlig Le Roux, Sarah Lombardi, Valérie Rousseau, Paris, Lausanne, New York: Snoeck, La maison rouge, Collection de l’Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum, 2016, 191 pp.


    The Eugen Gabritschevsky exhibition is not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

    Free guided tour
    duration 60 min

    Saturday 26 November 2016, 2:15pm
    Saturday 4 February 2017, 2:15pm
    online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

    Guided tours for the public at large are scheduled for the same times as the Young People's workshops.

    Young public workshop (ages 6-10)
    Duration 1h45/ Fee: 10.- per child

    Saturday 26 November 2016, 2:pm
    Saturday 14 January 2017, 2:pm
    Saturday 4 February 2017, 2:pm
    online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

    Free guided tour for teachers

    Thursday 17 November 2016, 5:pm
    online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

    Guided tours

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