Jean Dubuffet and Venice is the exhibition that Palazzo Franchetti dedicates to the creator of Art Brut from 10 May to 20 October. Accompanied by the citation to two Venetian precedents of the artist, the exhibition tells the artistic evolution in three thematic sections.
«Attention kills what it touches. It is wrong to believe that by looking carefully at things you can get to know them better. Because the gaze spins, like the silkworm, and in an instant it wraps itself in an opaque cocoon that removes all sight. This is why painters who open their eyes wide in front of the model are unable to grasp any part of it»
Jean Dubuffet, Perceive
A second consideration derives from this: art, as an investigator of truth, cannot then move, as it has always done, through the use of the eye. Dubuffet then prophesies an art as an elusive mechanism of the intellect, free from the control of reason and language, fleeing from culture and ideology. Art is an instinctual, free movement, it condenses into a gesture so spontaneous that it is mistaken for unconscious. How does an art develop with these premises?
In constant reference to the exhibitions of which she is a daughter, Jean Dubuffet and Venice responds to the need to give body, further visual testimony to the ideas of Art Brut and its creator. If there really is an art freed from cultural conventions and debts, from history and conditioning, then Dubuffet's authentic instinct, even childish, is its main spokesperson.