portrait of Bertrand Chenu (may 2013)
In the Lot area in the south of France an outsider artist has created his own museum.
Life and works
Bertrand Chenu from childhood on was a collector of all kinds of objets trouvés.
A tanner by profession, by vocation he became an autodidact artist, working as a painter and making sculptures from wood and iron, often using leftover material, treestumps and objects from the rubbish-dump.
In 1984 Chenu could buy an old house in Cabrarets, in the Lot department, France. He renovated it and transformed it into a museé de l´insolite, which was opened in 1988. Here he exposes his creations and objets trouvés.
from the museums website
Chenu displays processed carcasses of old cars, motorcycles, sculptures from iron waste material impersonating animals, personalities and so on, all together giving way to his view on an alienated, but interesting and fascinating world of recuperated items.
Visitors are welcome, especially of course if they buy some postcards and make a donation.
The collection will change in the course of time, in which new items will be added.
* Owen Philips' weblog Magic Lantern Show has a number of posts about the museum and Chenu
* Dominique Narbeburu, diashow of Chenu's creations on his/her website
* Article (july 2013, in french) in a regional touristic website
Musée de l´insolite
Cabrerets, Lot, France
open daily in summer, apr-nov, 9-20 h