Interest in the art of insane asylum inmates had begun to grow in the 1920s. In 1921 Dr. Walter Morgenthaler published his book Ein Geisteskranker als Künstler (A Psychiatric Patient as Artist) on Adolf Wölfli, a psychotic mental patient in his care. Wölfli had spontaneously taken up drawing, and this activity seemed to calm him. His most outstanding work is an illustrated epic of 45 volumes in which he narrates his own imaginary life story. With 25,000 pages, 1,600 illustrations, and 1,500 collages, it is a monumental work. He also produced a large number of smaller works, some of which were sold or given as gifts. His work is on display at the Adolf Wolfli Foundation in the Museum of Fine Art, Berne. A defining moment was the publication of Bildnerei der Geisteskranken (Artistry of the mentally ill) in 1922, by Dr Hans Prinzhorn.

Last updated by Jun 15, 2008.

STL Area Art Happenings

MySLArt.org's Emerging Artist Showcase  @Corvid's Café   Free & Public Event

May 9th 5:30-9 PM Click here for details

Ten Dreamers 4/25 @ SOHA Gallery Click here for details

STL Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from STL @ The Photography Hall Of Fame Until 4/27 Click here for details

Garden Impressions: Photography of Charles Dana 3/16-5/30 @ Missouri Botanical Gardens Monsanto Hall Click here for details

Tom Dykas - CERAMICS - "VITREOUS ATTACHMENT" 5/2 @ SOHA Gallery Click here for details

STL Outsider Art Fair 2014 5/2 & 3rd @ Koken Art Click for here details

Pure Photography: Pictorial & Modern Photographs 5/2 @ The Foundry Art Centre Click here for details

"Levelling" 100 Paintings by Dan Jaboor 5/3 @The Syndicate Building Click here for details

4 MORE 5/3 @The Syndicate Building Click here for details

Krueger Pottery Supply's Annual Sale 5/2 & 3rd Click here for details

 

Free Family Fun Day @ the Foundry Art Centre 5/4 Click here for details

The Faces Project Exhibit @ Soulard Art Market 5/9 Click here for details

PXSTL: Lots Opening Reception 5/9 @ the Pulitzer Foundation Click here for details

Patricia Vinyard - DRAWINGS " YOU ARE THE MANY, YOU ARE THE ONE" 5/16 @ SOHA Gallery Click here for details

 THE LATHE OF HEAVEN (1971) BY URSULA K. LEGUIN 5/17 @ The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Click here for details

ART&AIR 2014 6/6-6/8 @ Eden Theological Seminary Click here for details

BURNING CHROME (1982) BY WILLIAM GIBSON 6/21 @ The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Click here for details

 

 

 

 

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