In 2013 curator Massimiliano Gioni invited The Musuem of Everything to participate in the 55th Venice Biennale.
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.
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Legendary New York critics Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz ponder outdated notions of outsiderism in the 21st century and debate whether the current focus on self-taught artists might provoke its own revolution.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 Brut, Professor 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 Wahler, venture 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.
16. ART BRUT: DEAD OR ALIVE
Self-taught power-players Sarah Lombardi of La Collection de l'Art Brut and Valérie Rousseau of the American Folk Art Museum examine the legacy of Jean Dubuffet’s art brut and the events leading up to the 55th Venice Biennale.
17. WHY AFRICA
Legendary bon viveur and megalodon collector, Jean Pigozzi, discusses his wake-up moment in Magiciens de la Terre and his subsequent quest for self-taught art from Africa and beyond.
18. THE TRAINED AND UNTRAINED OF LEBANON
Artist and filmmaker Akram Zaatari talks to Artforum’s Kaelen Wilson-Goldie about his own engagement with self-taught artists and their incorporation into his own evolving practice.
19. SHOOTING AND THE SELF-TAUGHT OUT OF THE CANON
Curator Brett Littman, educator Kathy Battista and writer Jean Wainwright assess the difficulty in fitting the square peg of non-traditional art into the round hole of art history, with art historians August Jordan Davis and Gabriella Segal and curators Peter Miller and Terry Smith.
20. LANGUAGE AS ART
Artist and filmmaker Lola Montes Schnabel treads the line of the inside/outside divide with cult Italian artist Luigi Ontani and writer XXXXXXXXX.
21. THE ETERNAL VISIONS OF HILMA AF KLINT
Critcally-acclaimed curator Iris Müller-Westermann ruminates on whether her rational retrospective of Swedish spritualist artist Hilma Af Klint was in fact influenced from beyond.
22. THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Young contemporary artists Christof Mascher and Bjorn Leo Bock evaluate the relationship between self-taught art and their own educated practices.
The Salon of Everything is sponsored by Masha B, Groupe Emerige and Pinacoteca Agnelli, together with Microclima and The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show.