Press Release

Jean Dubuffet: Ardent Celebration

  • Dates: February 25 to August 21, 2022
  • Curated by David Max Horowitz, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Sponsor: BBK


  • Throughout his career, Dubuffet rejected cultural conventions and socially enforced ideas of beauty, instead exploring stimulating new perspectives. He sought to inspire his audiences to access more authentic and enriching ways of experiencing art, creativity, and the broader world around them.
  • Dubuffet continually reinvented his approach to making art. He explored a host of media and compositional strategies, pursued a wide range of imaginative subjects, and moved freely between figuration and abstraction.
  • With the Hourloupe cycle, Dubuffet established a vocabulary that enabled him to create and explore an ever expanding, fantastical universe, unified by its shared visual expression. It also allowed him to more pointedly take on phenomenological and epistemological issues, which would remain a focus through the end of his career.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Jean Dubuffet: Ardent Celebration, an exhibition surveying the defining decades of the career of Jean Dubuffet, spanning his first years of committed artistic production in the 1940s through his final fully developed series, completed in 1984 The exhibition is drawn primarily from the rich holdings of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and supplemented by important selections from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.



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