At the end of World War II, Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) began exhibiting paintings that defied entrenched artistic values. He rejected principles of decorum and classical beauty, along with pretentions of expertise. Instead, he looked to the commonplace and the unheralded, employing crude materials, mundane subjects, and a style that spurned any outward sign of academic training. In this approach, Dubuffet was challenging norms that he believed obstructed authentic expression and devalued everyday experience. However, his goal was not only to reveal how threadbare cultural conventions were; he also wanted to illustrate the vitality of life freed from them. As he once claimed, “I would like people to see my work as a rehabilitation of scorned values and . . . make no mistake about it, a work of ardent celebration.”
Images of the Exhibition in the Museum
Did you know that...?
besides his experimentation in visual art, Jean Dubuffet also worked on a series of musical experiences?
With the Musical Experiences of 1961, Jean Dubuffet embarked on a series of experiments with sound. As in his graphic work, the specifics of the tools and materials that he used shaped the resulting creations.