At first sight, the “Halle Saint Pierre”, nestled at the bottom of the Sacré Coeur, impresses by its architecture. The mix of red bricks and the metallic structure is reminiscent of Paris history. Inspired by Gustave Eiffel style, it was first built for the Universal Exhibition before being used as a garage.
In 1986, the Halle Saint Pierre is rehabilitated into a museum, whose radical and innovative artistic line will be dedicated to the “Art Brut”. This artistic movement was founded by Jean Dubuffet in 1945 and has now a unique place in the world of art. It can be best defined as a form of art for those who are not ruled or influenced by any other artistic line and who are not even recognized as artists, even by themselves…
Jean Dubuffet first interaction with this form of art goes back to his visits to psychiatric hospitals and rural or working-class neighborhoods. Their creations come from a pulsion, or as a way to kill the time, but never with the aim to be recognized as artists. Instead, they are a reflect of the artists singular personalities. This salutary introspection through drawings and paintings is a silent testimony of their existence.
The Art Brut is sincere, tortuous, and deeply human. It raises many questions but never makes people indifferent. Its aesthetic inspires many artists, arouses art collectors and passionate art lovers. It has today a significant place in world exhibitions and the Halle Saint Pierre naturally holds a privileged position.
From September 8th to March 10th, the Halle Saint Pierre will host a collection of Art Brut from Japan, home to many unknown Art Brut great artists, who are inspired by the country drawing culture heritage. The first part of the edition took place in 2010 and was a big success. This second edition will be more global and diverse as a way to highlight that each culture has its own artistic way. More than 40 artists will be exposed in what is likely to be a unique Art Brut exhibition.
ART BRUT JAPONAIS II – Halle Saint-Pierre (2, rue Ronsard – 18ème)
Open all day (week 11pm – 18am, Saturday 11pm – 19am, Sunday 12am – 18am)
Full price 9€ / Reduced price 7€