January 29, 2008

Adolf Wölfli.

After being weirdly underwhelmed by the Martín Ramírez exhibit at the MAM, I was mesmerized/fascinated/blown away by this man's work. I could spend hours on this site.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Adolf Wölfli, a former farmhand and laborer, produced a monumental, 25,000-page illustrated narrative in Waldau, a mental asylum near Bern, Switzerland. Through a complex web of texts, drawings, collages and musical compositions, Wölfli constructed a new history of his childhood and a glorious future with its own personal mythology. The French Surrealist André Breton described his work as "one of the three or four most important oeuveres of the twentieth century". Since 1975, our aim is to make Adolf Wölfli's work known through one-man and group exhibitions as well as publications.

Adolf Wölfli

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