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Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

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until November 26 and October 1, 2017

Until November 26, Collection de l'Art Brut presents a major retrospective of works by Czech artist Anna Zemánková (1908–1986). The exhibition has been set up in close conjunction with Zemánková's family who, for many years now, has sought to promote her works. The Collection de l'Art Brut has assembled a large selection of nearly 130 drawings from both its own holdings and the family's private collection: many of these are being shown for the first time. Works from a private Czech collection are also on display, together with archival documents, a to-date-unreleased film on Anna Zemánková and a major monograph.

Parallel exhibition "Michael Golz: Travels in Athsoland", showing until October 1, explores the artist's imaginary country, "Athosland". The work is a lifetime project on which this German artist, together with his brother Wulf, has been applying himself tirelessly since his childhood years (1960s). The resulting imaginary world is full of mountains, hills and lush green valleys through which rivers flow; these real-life elements coexist with the strange and marvelous. Golz's universe, which is developed and expanded on day by day, is a most impressive topographic map. Once all the different parts are assembled—which comes to no less than 150 cardboard sheets—that map measures 14 by 17 meters. Accompanying the map are drawings in coloured pencil and felt-tip pen, offering a precise depiction of the land's picturesque cities and villages. Completing this monumental work is a series of thick, numbered binders: these are meant as travel guides of a kind. Binding together hundreds of sheets of paper sheathed in transparent adhesive film, they offer illustrated stories about the "Ifichen mem" — that is, the inhabitants of his utopian world.