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“No words to say”

Collection de l'Art Brut
Ranked #2 of 86 things to do in Lausanne
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I was surprised at first because almost all of the arts/painting were done by people with mental problems. However, some of the arts are really extra-ordinary. It will be a very quick visit and no bags or camera allowed in. Free entry on every first Saturday of the month. You can take bus no: 2 or 21 from Lausanne Gare [Beaulieu stop] or bus no: 3 from Lausanne Gare [Beaulieu-Jomini].

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Why does this material belong in a special collection? The people who made it include some who lived and died in mental health institutions, at least 2 who were imprisoned for unspecified crimes of passion, one if not more suicides, and most of them appear to have made it obsessively even if some were not formally diagnosed as mentally ill or impaired. For quite a lot there was never any intention to display publicly, and for some no one else knew what they were doing until they died. It raises disturbing questions, including whether some of the other people displayed in other galleries are also obsessed to an unhealthy degree with what they are doing, whether it is exploitative to display material which was not intended to be seen and exposes the makers to ridicule or to patronisation. I am not sure whether the foundation seriously poses the question what these people thought or think they were doing. For instance, texts are displayed from a man who was detained in a mental institution petitioning for his liberty (which he never got). I found both the obsessiveness of much of the work and in some cases the setting quite upsetting. That doesn't meanI think other people shouldn't go and think about it for themselves but it is a problematic endeavour all round. I have to say I find it a bit disturbing that other visitors have described it as 'inspiring' - having their stuff in a gallery doesn't necessarily make for a happy ending for the people who made this stuff.
When I was coming out a party including a wheelchair user was being told that most of the collection is not accessible - 4 floors, no lift, not sure there's an accessible toilet, not sure what facilities there are for people with other disabilities. It would arguably be unlawful in the EU!

Thank Paul_H_42_uk
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

A great place to visit if you understand that nearly all of the art here was created by people with mental health problems..some of the paintings lead you into another world..sometimes close to insanity..many drawings are highly complex..

An amazing place, but take some time, don't rush, you might need a drink afterwards !

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

A must see to all art aficionados. Priced right, give yourself a few hours to enjoy this collection of art from very unusual artists. Ensure to read the descriptions of artists as some are just as interesting as the art itself. This museum is the proof that madness is closely related to genius. There is nothing I did not enjoy at this attraction. When in Lausanne, do not miss this great stop!

Thank ilovefromage
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Amazing creativity, amazing stuff; thanks to all the people who dreamed of creating such a collection and those who assisted them. As my wife said when we exited the building: "Madness sets you free". Would have loved to spend more time there.

Thank Gretsch5120
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