lumbung brut – art studios as a collective

28. September 2023 - 25. February 2024
Werk von Clemens Wild. Zeigt eine Werkstatt von leicht erhöhter Position. Sehr viele warme Farben und sehr viele Personen.

Who has the right to enter the art academy? Do you think it is really for everyone?”

*foundationClass*collective, documenta 15


documenta 15 used the term lumbung (Indonesian for “rice barn”) as a central motif. In the rice barn, rice is collected and shared together, the resources are available to all. Sharing and working together, taking care of each other, was transferred as a basic idea to artistic creation. The documenta’s lumbung network also included Open Studios, diverse working art studios. In a protected setting, Open Studios offer free spaces of artistic creation for people with support needs that prevent them from accessing the art academy.

Open Studios of Switzerland are invited for the exhibition lumbung brut. Among them are the Swiss prizewinners and nominees of the EUWARD (European Art Award for Painting and Graphic Arts in the Context of Mental Disability) as well as gifts of works from the Fondation Jacqueline Oyex. In the exchange of experiences and knowledge, learning from each other, sharing space and materials, artists inspire and enrich each other in the studios. New creative processes emerge from working together. The lumbung concept defines Open Studios as a collective strength to empower artists. They demonstrate the potential of collaborative art-making and live diversity as an artistic and social opportunity.


Opening speech Klaus Mecherlein
Klaus Mecherlein explained at the vernissage why “studio as lumbung” is an appropriate formulation for the director of the EUWARD archive and what this has to do with human spirituality. Click here to read more.

The exhibition in the newspaper
Read here what the St. Galler Tagblatt wrote about the lumbung brut exhibition.



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