panel presenting Chatelain's Humoristic Garden
pictures courtesy of Marie-José Georges, director Palais Idéal
Displayed on panels of some 50x50 cm, as in above image, the exposition will introduce the visitors of the Palais Idéal to twenty-seven art brut artists and thirteen creators of art environments.
Focussing in this note in particular on environments, the topic of this blog, it is good to establish that Laurent Danchin in selecting the examples, has opted to show creations from several countries, in this way indicating the international dimension of the field, while he also shows various states of preservation, some extant, some in danger or abandonned.
France is represented by its three best known sites, Cheval's Palais Idéal, Isidore's Maison Picassiette and Abbé Fouré's Sculpted Rocks, supplemented with the environments created by Chomo, Fernand Chatelain, Marcel Dhièvre, Jean Linard and Robert Tatin.
this picture (via website Les rochers de l Abbé Fouré) shows part of the exhibition
The Palais Idéal hosts thousands of visitors each year so this exposition is a praiseworthy contribution to the dissimination of information among the general public about outsider artists and art environments, topics that only sparsely get attention by the mainstream media and the mainstream art world.