Outsider art is a small, near hermetic part of the art world. It is a place where the rules are imaginary, original thoughts appear, taboos are broken. Outsider art allows us to catch glimpses of other worlds - some small, some vast - which we can see here through other, occasionally strange eyes. Collecting Worlds provides a representative overview of contemporary outsider art. Based on over five thousand works in the Korine and Max E. Ammann Collection, seven chapters provide access to a fascinating universe of images and imagery. Seven different worlds have been delineated by semantic fields that not so much define rigid boundaries but rather create open spaces where considered thought and contemplation may roam. They invite you, the reader, to devise your own taxonomies and create your own compositions.
• Preface by Korine and Max E. Ammann: Spoilt for choice - thrilled to exhibit
• Markus Landert: Meeting the Collectors - the Curator"s Thrill
• Korine and Max E. Ammann: Why Do We Collect Outsider Art?
• Markus Landert: Notes on a phenomenon - Outsider art - more vibrant than ever
• Seven Worlds
• People and Emotions
• Machines and Progress
• Landscape and Idyll
• Power and Vulnerability
• Visions and Delusions
• Writings and Stories
• Delirium of Color and Tangle of Lines
Max E. Ammann, b. 1938, was elected president of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists in 1974. His work for the World Cup Jumping required him to travel around the world. He and his wife Korine used these travels to visit museums and ateliers of artists, since 1995 focussing more and more on Outsider Art.
Markus Landert, b. 1958, studied the history of art at the University of Zurich. He worked as a journalist and assistant to the curator of the Museum of Art, Berne. Since 1993 he has been curator of the Museum of Art, Thurgau.