November 19, 2008

Musée-jardin de la Luna Rossa/Garden museum of la Luna Rossa



part of of the Luna Rossa Garden Museum 
with  sculptures by Séraphin Enrico 
(photo courtesy Marcello 14, Flickr)

Initiated by Olivier Thiébaut, the Musée-jardin de la Luna Rossa is a private museum, located in Caen, Normandy. France.

Thiébaut in 1996 published Bonjour aux promeneurs. Sur les chemins de l'art brut, Paris (Ed. Alternatives), a book, currently a collector's item, that describes seventeen outsider artists* and creators of environments in western and northern France. As this book, the museum focuses on creations which originate from these parts of France

The museum, located in a private garden, opened in 1996. Supported by a group of volunteers, one of its aims is to save the works of creators of outsider environments that are in danger of neglect or demolishment. 

The museum also has a number of works that originate from sites that already have disappeared (such as creations made by Enrico and by Tourquetil).

The name of the museum is derived from the inscription la Luna Rossa on the Venus sculpture in the group of sculptures made by Séraphin Enrico (picture above). This weblog has the interesting story that relates how Thiebaut and friends in 1995 recovered the dumped sculptures made by Séraphin Enrico. 

The museum's collection includes works of Fernand Chatelain, Euclide Ferreira da Costa, Emile Taugourdeau, André Hardy, Louis Tourquetil, Séraphin Enrico, Arthur Vanabelle, Bodan Litnianski, Robert Vasseur and others.

More pictures
* On the weblog les grisgris de Sophie (may 2010) a description (in french) of the museum and a varied collection of pictures.
* On Flickr a photostream by Herbaltablet, uploaded july 2009.
* Another series by Marcello 14, uploaded between september 2008 and august 2009

note
the book documents the works of Euclide da Costa Ferrera, Fernand Chatelain, Henri Chéné, Louis Tourquetil, Raymond Macé, André Hardy, Robert Vasseur, Emile Taugourdeau, Jean Clérembeaux, Auguste Le Boulch, Arsène Enouf, Eugène Firek, Gabriel Albert, Bodan Litnianski, Joseph et Paulette Alberca, Arthur Vanabelle and Séraphin Enrico

first published nov 2008, revised may 2010, jan, apr  2014


Musée-jardin de la Luna Rossa
6 rue Damozanne
14000 Caen FR
open sundays 10-18 h (apr-oct)

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