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Clemens Wild

Collection de l'Art Brut
From 14.06.2024 to 27.10.2024
12 CHF
Clemens Wild’s paintings feature protagonists with names like Babsi, Sam and Uschi: these figures - with colourful clothing and hair, smoking cigarettes - form a gallery of women who, despite a life of hardship, stand tall with confidence and dignity. They share the same modest backgrounds, low social status and distant origins. Through these works, they talk about their stories, their struggles and their hopes.

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Collection de l'Art Brut
Avenue des Bergières 11
1004 Lausanne

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From 14.06.2024 to 27.10.2024
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00

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12 CHF



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On 24 and 31 December: 11am to 5pm. 
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Wild’s paintings shine a spotlight on people working in undervalued occupations. His works convey the sense of solidarity the artist feels towards these women, having experienced marginalisation himself: Wild has spent the past 42 years living at Humanushaus, an anthroposophical residential and work community near Bern for people with disabilities. After observing women working in the institution’s kitchen, apartments and workshops, he decided to pay tribute to them through his art. 

Clemens Wild (b. 1964) was born into a family of booksellers. He has harboured a lifelong passion for drawing and fantasy. The stories he writes and draws are both a source of pleasure and a way of making sense of the world around him. Some women have appeared repeatedly in Wild’s paintings over the past four decades. 

Wild produces paintings in a variety of sizes, using whatever materials he can find: kraft paper, A4 sheets, cardboard-box lids or small paper bags. He also writes texts based in part on personal accounts, in which the women talk about themselves. In addition to bringing the characters to life, these calligraphic writings in black felt pen interact with and complement the image, producing a visually impactful composition. The texts, in the original German and translated into French, have been recorded and made available to the public. 

The Collection de l'Art Brut, which acquired twelve works by Clemens Wild in 2024, is presenting for the first time a large ensemble of his creations in this monographic exhibition. 

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