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Musée de la Création Franche

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April 14 – June 11, 2017


The Musée de la Création Franche presents over 130 works from the collection of Swiss collectors Korine and Max E. Ammann.


The works presented in this exhibition, titled "Art Brut in Finland", were acquired by the Ammanns in ten trips to Finland between 2002 and 2011. The works are representative of ITE Art: "ITE" meaning "Itse Tehty elämä" or "Self-made Life". ITE is an art form influenced by the creator's personal journey which is often quite simple. Finnish artists are largely inspired by the world around them, the majority of them living in the countryside, often in shacks in the middle of the Nordic forests. They are totally outside the world of mainstream and traditional art; what they produce is an integral part of their daily environment, gluing, painting and sculpting materials such as wood or metal parts. Most of the artists only began to create their works late in their lives. They are all self-taught, with no academic background and they do not seek advice, support or recognition for their works.


This is the first time such a collection of Finnish outsider art is presented in France, with 133 works by 18 artists.