"Armand Schulthess, Il giardino enciclopedico" (Armand Schulthess, the encyclopedic garden) at the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, from March 19 to June 19, 2016

19.03.2016 - vie

At the age of fifty, Armand Schulthess left his job as a government clerk to settle in the Ticino. Here he went on to devote himself entirely to converting his garden (20,000 square meters) into a fantasy world. The result was a poetic labyrinth of encyclopedic pretensions, bearing witness to this creator's artistic, philosophic and scientific obsessions.
 
A major exhibition narrating this artistic and philosophic adventure in the heart of the Ticino has been set up in the very region where Schulthess originally created his outstandingly singular world. The show presents fragments of the garden, photographs of it and a documentary film representing the only existing testimony to this work.
Twenty-three works in this retrospective are on loan from the Collection de l'Art Brut.

Exhibition Curator: Lucienne Peiry