Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING


April 1, 2010 – August 29, 2010
curated by Tim Brett

Following its critical and public success in London in 2009, the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is pleased to announce the first Italian presentation of The Museum of Everything – featuring over three hundred artworks by non-traditional artists, including self-taught, art brut and folk artists, visionary artists and artisans, as well as creators with physical or developmental disabilities.

This secret and overlooked genre has inspired many generations of artists: from Jean Dubuffet to Jean-Michel Basquiat. To define what it is which makes this art so special,The Museum of Everything has invited over fifty artists, curators and cultural figures to write about the works which have inspired them exclusively for this exhibition.

Contributors include artists Ed Ruscha, Annette Messager, Mamma Andersson, Christian Boltanski, Grayson Perry and Peter Blake; musicians David Byrne, Jarvis Cocker and Nick Cave; curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ralph Rugoff; and for the Torino exhibition, additional texts by John Baldessari, Maurizio Cattelan, Paolo Colombo, Marlene Dumas, Cornelia Parker, Paula Rego and Francesco Vezzoli.

Works featured in the exhibition include handmade books by deaf American artist James Castle, ceramic figures by Indian environmentalist Nek Chand, and a series of sequential drawings by Chicago janitor Henry Darger. Other artists featured include Morton Bartlett, Aloïse Corbaz, Miroslav Tichý, Josef Karl Rädler, Bill Traylor, Judith Scott, George Widener and Italian artist Carlo Zinelli. Come see their private worlds for yourself at revealed at this, the largest ever exhibition in Italy of the unknown, unintentional and unseen artists of this, our modern world.

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