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Jean Dubuffet, Paysage aux argus (Landcape with Argus), 1955. Collection Fondation Dubuffet © Fondation Dubuffet, Paris / DACS, London 2019. Image courtesy of Fondation Dubfufet, Paris

Museum Exhibitions

Jean Dubuffet

Brutal Beauty

May 17 – Aug 22, 2021
Barbican Centre, London

Brutal Beauty champions Jean Dubuffet’s rebellious philosophy. Railing against conventional ideas of beauty, Dubuffet 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 colorful canvases. Dubuffet endlessly experimented and was clear on his purpose: "Art should always make you laugh a little and fear a little. Anything but bore."

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 Dubuffet's life, these works, and the artists that created them, profoundly impacted his approach to the making and meaning of art.

  • Museum Exhibitions — Barbican Presents "Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty", Jan 5, 2021