In 2013 curator Massimiliano Gioni invited The Museum of Everything to participate in the 55th Venice Biennale.

In response The Museum of Everything assembled the art world's most articulate voices for The Salon of Everything: a free-form philosophical forum on private art-making practices.

This radical roundtable included artists Vito Acconci, Ron Arad, Enrico David, Peter Fischli, Thomas Houseago, Camille Henrot, Luigi Ontani and Akram Zaatari, alongside curators Daniel Baumann, Paulo Colombo, Donna De Salvo, Brett Littman, Jean-Hubert Martin, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ralph Rugoff.

Museum directors Andrea Bellini, Sarah Lombardi, Beatrix Ruf and Jonathan Watkins, were joined by Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, collectors Adam Lindemann and Jean Pigozzi, psychiatrist Vittorino Andreoli and Terezie Zemánková, whose grandmother Anna Zemánková was in The Encyclopedic Palace.

These dynamic debates suggest that the aesthetic languages, creative monologues and ritual manifestations once dismissed as outsider art should perhaps be reconsidered as the missing link of contemporary art theory.

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1. WHO AND WHAT IS AN OUTSIDER?

Legendary New York critics Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz ponder outdated notions of outsiderism in the 21st century and debate whether the current focus on self-taught artists might provoke its own revolution.

2. THE THING THAT IS MISSING

Swiss artist Peter Fischli deliberates his role as an artist and the effect of the 55th Venice Biennale with curator Daniel Baumann, museum director Beatrix Ruf and gallerist José Kuri.

3. EXOTICISM IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Curator of Magiciens de la Terre Jean-Hubert Martin discusses the long-awaited return of self-taught and non-traditional artists, together with Edward Blanchard of the American Folk Art Museum and Joëlle Pijaudier-Cabot, former director of Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne.

4. THE MADNESS OF ART MAKERS

Renowned psychiatrist and member of Jean Dubuffet’s La Compagnie de l’Art BrutProfessor Vittorino Andreoli analyses the process of art-making with international contemporary artists Thomas Houseago and Enrico David, in relation to the life’s work of self-taught Italian artist Carlo Zinelli.

 

5. THE PROS AND CONS OF INCLUSION

An in-depth examination of inclusion and exclusion in the art world, led by Professor Andrew Renton, with contemporary artists Alice Anderson and Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Bose Krishnamachari and Shwetal Patel, directors of the 2012 Kochi Biennale in India.

6. THE LIFE OF ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ

Writer and critic Terezie Zemánková reveals the creative turmoil which led to her grandmother, the late Czech artist Anna Zemánková, to be selected by curator Massimiliano Gioni for Ostalgia at the New Museum in 2011 and for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

7. REDEFINING A FORGOTTEN ARTFORM

Curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist leads a personal debate on the urgent renaissance of art brut and other forms of nontraditional art, alongside designer Ron Arad, museum directors Francesco Stocchi and Andrea Bellini and curator and activist Bianca Tosatti.

8. BARBARIANS AND PHILISTINES

Visionary curator Paolo Colombo discusses the wrong-footed terminologies for atypical art-makers, with curator Charlotte Laubard and the director of the 13th Istanbul Biennale, Fulya Erdemci.

9.  BLURRING BOUNDARIES AND GETTING OUT OF GHETTOS

Chief curator at the Whitney Museum, Donna De Salvo, and former director of the Palais de Tokyo, Marc Oliver Wahlerventure into an ever-expanding universe of art, and with ikonoTV’s Elizabeth Markevitch wonder if artists can teach us how to embrace the alternative artforms within.

10. FAIR PLAY FOR ALL ARTISTS

Go-getting director of the Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin, waxes lyrical about the way ahead, with curators Roberto Paci Dalo, Francesca Girelli, Paolo Rosso and critic Linda Kaiser.

11. BUYING INTO THE OUTSIDERS

New York writer, gallerist and collector Adam Lindemann dips cautiously into the financial side of self-taught art with curator Paolo Columbo and Ginevra Elkann, president of the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli and supporter of this year’s Venice Biennale.

12. ART-MAKING WITHOUT CHOICE

The groundbreaking activities of Atelier Goldstein are assessed by studio director Christiane Cuticchio in conversation with curator Paolo Colombo and gallerist Myrtia Nikolakopoulou.

13. HUNTING FOR ART/NON-ART IN IRAQ

Director of Ikon Gallery, Jonathan Watkins, relates his non-traditional quest for non-traditional art with Iraq Pavilion collaborators, artist Jamal Penjweny and directo Tamara Chalabi.

14. THE REVOLUTIONARY ART OF CARLO ZINELLI

How a war-damaged Italian soldier was rescued by a Scottish sculptor to become one of the great autodidact artists of the 20th century, with the renowned psychiatrist Professor Vittorino Andreoli and art writer Pia Capelli.

15.  MOVING PICTURES BY AUTODIDACTS

Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff analyses the essence of self-taught and alternative art-making with Camille Henrot, filmmaker, artist and winner of the 2013 Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

The Salon of Everything is sponsored by Masha B, Groupe Emerige and Pinacoteca Agnelli, together with Microclima and The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show.