Located about 20 kilometers from Vienna, The Art Brut Center Gugging is perhaps the world’s most important place of “uninfluenced art” – for Art Brut.
Art Brut stands for the autodidactic art of laypersons, children, and people with disabilities. In recent years, this art has become increasingly established. The Art Brut Center Gugging has dedicated itself to this understanding since the early 1980s. Today it is one of the most important centers for Art Brut and offers its visitors a gallery and a museum.
Conceived of as an exhibition site for Art Brut, museum gugging displays the works of Gugging artists at the place where it was originated and at the same time functions as a forum for both international Art Brut and contemporary art in general. The French painter Jean Dubuffet, who coined the term Art Brut, meant with it “sophisticated, raw, original art” of a highly personal and unadapted form of expression. Uninhibited by trends in established art, Art Brut is created by artists without any background in academics or art theory. Artists like August Walla, Oswald Tschirtner, Johann Hauser, and Heinrich Reisenbauer and have built up the reputation of “Gugginger Art”.
The museum’s permanent exhibition displays masterpieces from the private foundation “Gugging Artists” on an area of approximately 700 m2. The exhibitions about art from Gugging include important works from 1960 to the present and offer a comprehensive overview of the history and present day artistic activity in Gugging. The second part of the museum is a venue for changing exhibitions. Works by international Art Brut artists can be seen here next to art from Gugging. Furthermore, other artistic positions enter into the dialogue with Art Brut.
The museum gugging, an intriguing combination of museal institution and a lively working place for Guggiger artists, which is integrated into the internationally unique Art Brut Center.
Since the early 80s the Art Brut Center Gugging has combined various individual institutions, which developed in the last 40 years around Guggiger Art Brut: for example, the now world-famous Haus der Künstler, which is a residence and workplace for significant illustrators, painters, and poets.
In the gallery gugging on the ground floor of the Art Brut Center Gugging, works of established and young artists from Gugging are exhibited alongside with works of internationally renowned Art Brut artists and offered for sale. Pictures by Ida Buchmann or by Gugging artists such as Laila Bachtiar, Günther Schützenhöfer, and Karl Vondal can be admired here.
NÖ Museum Betriebsges.m.b.H
Am Campus 2, 3400 Maria Gugging, Österreich
Tel / landline: +43-2243-87 087
Fax: +43-2243-87 087 372
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm