gallery gugging at SCOPE BASEL for the first time! - from 12 to 17 June 2018

12/06/2018 - 17/06/2018

We look forward to welcoming you on our booth A07 at SCOPE BASEL.

address: Scope Basel Pavilion, Webergasse 34, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

The gallery gugging is a hotspot of the art brut scene and a place that has always been a source of inspiration for artists, collectors and art lovers. The gallery is particularly concerned with promoting unknown artists.

In 1994, the now established gallery gugging was founded for the purpose of presenting and selling the works of the “Gugging artists”. Art Brut, which Jean Dubuffet has defined as unspoiled, raw art by autodidacts, is the core competence of the gallery gugging. We cooperate worldwide with renowned galleries and museums and since 2009, works by internationally renowned art brut artists and contemporary artists of this style have also been presented together with the works of the “Gugging artists”.

In the gallery gugging itself, four exhibitions a year are shown, accompanied by a catalogue, providing an overview of the artists‘ versatile oeuvre and current events on site. In addition, the gallery gugging sees itself as an ambassador for the artists and is therefore also represented at art fairs such as the Outsider Art Fair in New York or the Drawing Now in Paris, as well as the SCOPE in Basel.

We present artworks by Leopold Strobl and Oswald Tschirtner. Oswald Tschirtner is one of the classics of art brut and has long been established in the contemporary art landscape. His reduced stroke and minimalist approach make up the special class and conciseness of his art.

In 1990 Oswald Tschirtner was awarded the Oskar-Kokoschka-Prize along with the Group of Gugging Artists. Along with August Walla, Johann Fischer, Johann Hauser or Ernst Herbeck, he is one of the most important representatives of the art movement “art brut”. His are represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig in Vienna, the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Helmut Zambo Collection and the Museum of Outsider Art in Moscow.

On the other hand, Leopold Strobl’s works – he has been visiting the open studio in Gugging for years – are dominated by bold dark masses in the midst of his landscapes. Like Oswald Tschirtner, who rarely used several colours at once in his coloured drawings, Strobl consistently uses only the colours black, light green and three different shades of yellow.

His work enjoys great attention all over the world; wheter at international art fairs, such as the Outsider Art Fair in New York, the Drawing Now in Paris or the SCOPE in Basel, or in various public and private collections, such as the Treger/Saint Silvestre Art Brut Collection in Portugal, the abcd ART BRUT Collection in Paris.

The first joint presentation of these two artists, who at first glance couldn’t be more different, makes it clear that supposed opposites can complement each other and enter into harmony in an inspiring way.