Exhibition Between art brut and psychopathological art at the Sainte-Anne Hospital Museum, 11th January – 28th April 2019
In a little-known museum not far from our hotels, this new exhibition dips into their collection of artworks created by mental patients, concentrating on the period around 1960.
A surprising theme perhaps, but not one you should dismiss…
With a collection that was started in the 1950s, the fruit of its art-therapy classes, the Musée d’art et d’Histoire de l’Hôpital Sainte-Anne is probably unique in the world.
After a first exhibition looking back at the origins of the collection, this second exhibition moves on to focus on the works created between 1960 and 1970, the majority of them by patients who ere already artists before being hospitalised.
The importance of the collection was recognised in 2016 when the museum received offical “Museum of France” status, and after intially being called the Singer-Polignac Museum, this was soon changed to the MAHHSA – Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de l’Hôpital Sainte-Anne.
It’s a unique space in Paris (a museum in a hospital!), one of the city’s hidden secrets. For a quick look at what you might expect to see there, click the fullscreen button in the image below to check out a sample of the exhibition’s catalogue.