Architecture - 13.11.2015 - 17.04.2016 - November 13, 2015 through April 17, 2016

Architecture - 13.11.2015 - 17.04.2016


Launched in 2013, the Art Brut Biennials continue this year with the Architectures exhibition presenting two hundred and fifty drawings, paintings, sculptures and textile creations. By fifty-one different Art Brut authors, the works on show thus testify to a very wide range of techniques, materials, dimensions and formal languages.

This second edition biennial highlights architecture: it presents a range of works—some of which have never before gone on display—exclusively focused on the theme of construction. Showcased side-by-side, representations of houses, buildings and cities, together with floor plans, elevations of facades, cross-section and perspective views are invited to dialogue among themselves. Their Art Brut authors have rejected all the geometric constraints and demands of convention ordinarily governing architectural drawings, diverting the laws of perspective in favor of their own, highly personal interpretations.

In the course of their frequently troubled life paths, many a time Art Brut creators find themselves relegated to a site that is not of their choice. The likes of, for instance, psychiatric hospital patients, prison inmates and migrants may experience their living place in unfamiliar or even hostile terms. Some feel a need to reclaim their surroundings by projecting on paper their personal ideal of an architectural project, seeking to arrange, conceive and illustrate a fantasy world of their own. Each Art Brut architectural contribution thus expresses either its author's version of reality or else his/her manner of representing a utopian world. Yuji Tsuji draws his city as seen from the sky: the results are staggeringly precise, if devoid of any human figures; Gregory Blackstock comes up with a whole range of forts, huts and skyscrapers to complete his encyclopedically compiled universe; Willem van Genk reinterprets his views of various capital cities that he either has visited himself or studied in the many tourist guidebooks he collects. Meanwhile, Magali Herrera invites us to visit a fantasy world springing forth from the pages of the science fiction novels she secretly wrote in Uruguay during the 1970s.

The overall vision of architecture conveyed by these Art Brut creators is thus imbued with a whole new dimension—that of escaping their daily reality.

With works by :
Juliette Élisa BATAILLE – Filippo BENTIVEGNA – Georges BERTHOMIER – Gregory L. BLACKSTOCK – Benjamin BONJOUR – Édouard BOSCHEY – Luigi BRUNETTI – André CAR – Aloïse CORBAZ – Joseph CRÉPIN – John DEVLIN – DIEGO – Paul DUHEM – Paul END – Samuel FAILLOUBAZ – FLORENT – Jacqueline FROMENTEAU –Madge GILL – Patrick GIMEL –Joaquim Vicens GIRONELLA – Jules GODI – HEER – Magali HERRERA – Stefan HOLZMÜLLER – Testuaki HOTTA – Norimitsu KOKUBO – F. KOUW – Augustin LESAGE – Raphaël LONNÉ – Marie-Rose LORTET – Auguste MERLE – Joseph MOINDRE – NIKIFOR – Helmut NIMCZEWSKI – Prinz OTTO – Guillaume PUJOLLE – Émile RATIER – Marco RAUGEI –Royal ROBERSTON – Hans SALETMEIER – Victorien SARDOU – Yuri TITOV – Johann TRÖSCH – Yuji TSUJI – Berthe URASCO – Pepe de VALENCE – Willem VAN GENK – Pascal VERBENA – Alois WEY – George WIDENER – Scottie WILSON – Adolf WÖLFLI


Practical information


13 November 2015 - 17 april 2016

Opening reception

Thursday 12 november 2015, 6:30 pm

Exhibition curator

Pascale Marini-Jeanneret, curator at the Collection de l’Art Brut


Laurent Danchin and Pascale Marini-Jeanneret, Architectures, Lausanne/ Milan, Collection de l’Art Brut/ 5 Continents Editions, 2015, "Art Brut, la collection" publication series directed by Sarah Lombardi, 20.5 x 25.5 cms, 168 pages, 142 color plates. Separate French and English versions
CHF 39.- during the exhibition (together with 3 postcards)

Anic Zanzi, Architectures d’Art Brut (children's book), Paris, Editions Thierry Magnier, 2015,16 x 21 cm, 32 pages
CHF 19.-

Films screened in the exhibition

  • Le sculpteur de pierre [Charles Billy], film by Philippe Pouzenc, 4 min., extrait de La lorgnette 2, émission du 25 octobre 1987, Paris, Antenne 2 (A2), 1987
  • Le Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval : quand le songe devient réalité, film by Claude and Clovis Prévost, 26 min., Etrépagny, Clovis Prévost Productions, 1980
  • My Mirrored Hope [Clarence Schmidt], film by Beryl Sokoloff, 17 min., New York, Beryl Sokoloff, 1963
  • The Towers [Simon Rodia], film by William Hale and Antonio M. Vallano, 13 min., Los Angeles, William Hale, 1957
  • L’ouvrage, film by Blaise Perrin, 8 min., [France], Blaise Perrin, 2015
  • Diego : des lignes, des couleurs, by Francis Mobio, 11 min, Lausanne, 2015


The Architecture exhibition is partly accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

Free guided tour
duration 60 min

saturday 28 november 2015, 2pm
saturday 12 march 2016, 2pm
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 28 november 2015, 2pm
saturday 30 january 2016, 2pm
saturday 12 march 2016, 2pm
online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

Advent Gourmand Workshop (ages 6-12)

saturday 12 december 2015, 2pm
online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

Guided tours

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

Free guided tour for teachers (duration 60 min)

Thursday 26 november, 5pm
online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

A Narrative of Everyday Life  - March thru April 2016
Under the auspices of the 2nd Art Brut biennial, the collection de l’Art Brut and the orum d’architecture lausanne (f’ar) are partnering an exhibition at the f’ar.

Architecture is a story. Those who think about architecture, who conceive it, build it, observe it and live it out are all the authors of singular architectural tales. Bringing together works from the Collection de l'Art Brut and other horizons, this exhibition seeks to bridge the gaps between Art Brut authors, architects, photographers, model makers,  illustrators, and computer graphic designers through the various architectural displays, with an eye to drawing up a narrative of everyday life. 

Conference Day, f’ar, 19 march 2016 

The Collection de l’Art Brut and f’ar are jointly setting up a Conference Day during which  specialists in Art Brut architectural environments and professional architects will consider and debate the codes of their discipline.


The exhibition Architecture - 13.11.2015 - 17.04.2016 is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.