Dubuffet as architect
Installation shot: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Archive
Although Jean Dubuffet is acknowledged as one of the most significant artists from the 20th century, it is not widely known that he was also one of the most prolific.
His creative activity which only really got underway in 1942 and which he deliberately put an end to in December 1984, produced nonetheless nearly 10 000 works of art: paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, architectural maquettes, theatre, not forgetting his literary and musical work. Many of his works have been presented to the public through exhibitions devoted to him throughout the world. Yet designing an all-inclusive exhibition showing all the aspects of a man so creatively inventive as Jean Dubuffet is a perilous venture. No matter how enlightened the choice of the works exhibited, there will always be some areas of this unique artist’s work that are only briefly evoked.
The scope of this exhibition is quite different. One particular aspect of Jean Dubuffet’s work will be explored in depth: an aspect that is seldom shown in its entirety but one which occupied a long period in his working life: the architectural dimension.