Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) was a French Painter, Printmaker, and Sculptor. This summer, his tragi-comic sculptures are scattered around the Rijksmuseum Gardens, the museum’s fifth open air exhibition of its kind.
Dubuffet’s idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced the so called “low art” and refrained from traditional standards of beauty in favour of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making.
The artist is possibly best known for founding the art movement Art Brut, and for the collection of works Collection de l’art brut, that this movement started.
The sculptures have been hand-picked to stand for the theme of Dubuffet’s work, with a focus on man amongst culture and nature. Sculptures with human figures are widely represented in the exhibition, with both single and grouped figures. All sculptures in the exhibition date from 1968 and later.
Monument au Fantôme
Part of Dubuffet’s “Hourloupe” series, the sculpture is made like many others from painted fiberglass and steel frame. It features seven individual forms that represent features of Houston, including a chimney, church, dog, hedge, mast, phantom, and tree.
Located around the Rijks Museum and right behind the famous I Amsterdam letters, it is very much worth visiting, free of charge until 1 October 2017.