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Jean Dubuffet

Brutal Beauty

A painting by Jean Dubuffet, entitled Paysage aux Argus

An exhibition celebrating French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the most singular and provocative voices in postwar modern art.

Brutal Beauty champions 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. 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 his life, these works, and the artists that created them, profoundly impacted his approach to the making and meaning of art.

Tagged with: Art & design

Exhibition sponsored by Sotheby’s and generously supported by Mr Gregory Jankilevitsch; Waddington Custot; and Bauwerk.

 

 

 

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Your Visit

A few things to consider before your visit:

  • We currently have a reduced capacity and timed entry slots. All visitors, including Barbican Members, must book tickets online in advance.
  • Please note that from the 17 May two households will be able to visit together in a group of up to six (subject to review).
  • Our cloakrooms are currently closed so avoid bringing large bags with you. Long umbrellas will not be allowed in the gallery.

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Discover

Introducing Jean Dubuffet

Not familiar with Jean Dubuffet ? Don’t fear, as our Research Assistant and resident Dubuffet expert Camille Houzé has written a short biography about the artist’s life and legacy.

ScreenTalk: Our Lucky Hours

A discussion between Sarah Lombardi and Ben Platts-Mills about Martine Deyres’s documentary Our Lucky Hours, which tells the story of a pioneering psychiatric institution in 1930s France.

Families and Schools

Family Activity Sheet

Get the whole family involved in the Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty exhibition with our interactive exercises in our Family Activity Sheet

School Groups 

Entry to the Art Gallery is free for all students in Key Stages 1-3. A discounted group booking rate of £3 per student is available to students in formal education groups up to the age of 19. 

For bookings and enquiries please contact the school groups booking line:
Tel: 020 7382 7211 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm)
Email: [email protected]

Please note, you will need to book at least two weeks in advance if you would like a free exhibition introduction as part of your visit.

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