UNITED KINGDOM / London / Barbican Art Gallery: Jean Dubuffet
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until Sunday August 22 2021

Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street
EC2Y 8DS London
United Kingdom

Brutal Beauty exhibition highlights Dubuffet’s rebellious philosophy. Railing against conventional ideas of beauty, he tried to capture the poetry of everyday life in a gritty, more authentic way. This is the first major survey of his work in the UK for over 50 years, showcasing four decades of his career, from early portraits and fantastical statues, to butterfly assemblages and giant colourful canvases.

Alongside his own work, the exhibition features works from Dubuffet’s collection of Art Brut (a phrase he coined, which translates literally as ‘raw art’). Acquired throughout his life, these works, and the artists that created them, profoundly impacted his approach to the making and meaning of art.


© Jean Dubuffet, 'Paysage aux argus (Landscape with Argus)', 1955.

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