gugging artists

orchestra rehearsal

is a group exhibit that was first shown at the art brut museum in austria – gugging galerie.  an edited version of the exhibit has traveled to houston and will be exhibited at koelsch gallery’s home – koelsch haus.  gugging is a mental hospital outside of vienna who has promoted a small number of patients who have artistic talent.  in the 1970’s leo navratil noticed that a small percentage of the patient population had artistic talent beyond art therapy.  he began a  project to represent these artists by creating the house of artists where they lived and exhibiting their art world wide.  his project continues to this day under the leadership of johann feilacher and nina katschnig with the main purpose being “to grant artistically talented people with psychological disorders equal rights within society – and within the artistic world as well.”

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