Outsider Art Europe Tour

March 14 - 25, 2010

Intuit will host a tour of European outsider art sites March 14 – March 25, 2010 led by Randy M. Vick, Associate Professor of Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Europe has played a central role in the study, collection, and exhibition of work by outsider artists. It can be argued that the history of this work began with the collections of Hans Prinzhorn in Germany and Jean Dubuffet in Switzerland. The focus of our trip will be to visit the historic psychiatry collections and museums as well as private collections and contemporary workshops for artists with disabilities.

Heidelberg and Bern serve as the base cities for this 12-day tour with day-trips to other cities in the region. Travelers will gain a greater appreciation for how historic collections and contemporary studios have shaped and continue to influence the world’s appreciation of art by artists working outside the cultural mainstream. The tour features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to world famous museums and lesser known treasures including:

  • Private tour of the Prinzhorn Collection’s permanent collection, special exhibit, and archive with Dr. Thomas Röske, Director;
  • Private tour of the Museum Charlotte Zander with Cynthia Thumm, Curator;
  • Visits to Kraichgauer Kunstwerkstatt and Kreative Werkstatt Stetten, two art workshops for artists with developmental disabilities;
  • Personal tour of the collection at the Museum Haus Cajeth;
  • Day Trip to the Museum Jean Tinguley in Basel;
  • Tour of the Waldau Hospital, Psychiatry Museum (where artist Adolf Wölfli was a patient) guided by Dr. Andreas Altorfer, Director;
  • Private tour of Jean Dubuffet’s cultural legacy, the Collection de l’Art Brut; and
  • Private lecture on the Adolf-Wölfli-Foundation at the Kunstmuseum Bern with Daniel Baumann, Director.