Galerie Gugging

gallery gugging at SCOPE BASEL for the first time

12/06/2018 - 17/06/2018


We look forward to welcoming you on our booth A07 at SCOPE Basel!

Address: Scope Basel Pavilion, Webergasse 34, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

The gallery gugging is a hotspot of the art brut scene and a place that has always been a source of inspiration for artists, collectors and art lovers. The gallery is particularly concerned with promoting unknown artists. In 1994, the now established gallery gugging was founded for the purpose of presenting and selling the works of the “Gugging Artists”. Art Brut, which Jean Dubuffet has defined as unspoiled, raw art by autodidacts, is the core competence of the gallery gugging. We cooperate worldwide with renowned galleries and museums and since 2009, works by internationally renowned art brut artists and contemporary artists of this style have also been presented together with the works of the “Gugging Artists”. In the gallery gugging itself, four exhibitions a year are shown, accompanied by a catalogue, providing an overview of the artists‘ versatile oeuvre and current events on site. In addition, the gallery sees itself as an ambassador for the artists and is therefore also represented at art fairs such as the Outsider Art Fair in New York or the Drawing Now in Paris, as well as the SCOPE in Basel. As one of the gallery’s concerns is to position art brut in a contemporary context, the SCOPE – as an established fair for contemporary art – is the ideal opportunity for this.

Artworks by Leopold Strobl* and Oswald Tschirtner will be presented. Oswald Tschirtner is one of the classics of art brut and has long been established in the contemporary art landscape. His reduced stroke and minimalist approach make up the special class and conciseness of his art. On the other hand, Leopold Strobl’s works – he has been visiting the open studio in Gugging for years – are dominated by bold dark masses in the midst of his landscapes. Like Oswald Tschirtner, who rarely used several colours at once in his drawings, Strobl consistently uses only the colours black, light green and three different shades of yellow.

The first joint presentation of these two artists, who at first glance couldn’t be more different, makes it clear that supposed opposites can complement each other and enter into harmony in an inspiring way.


*** NEWS ***

We are overwhelmed to announce that the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York recently acquired five pieces by Leopold Strobl for its permanent collection! That’s the museum’s first acquisition of artworks by one of the Gugging Artists.