Don't miss the "Kurt-Joseph HAAS" exhibition, from September 4 to December 31, 2022 at the Musée d'Art Brut in Montpellier.
►Born on June 7, 1935 in Zurich, Kurt-Joseph Haas first studied commerce and then became an employee in various department stores and banking establishments. Married, father of four children, he suddenly began to draw in 1975 with colored pencils borrowed from his daughters on a rainy day when he felt idle (four of his drawings were immediately exhibited in Zurich in an exhibition around surrealism) .
Very impressed by the work of Wölfli whom he considers to be the greatest artist of this century (he is also very fond of Scottie Wilson),
Haas develops a luxuriant universe of very colorful decorative motifs and primitive symbols where all sorts of composite monsters, stylized profiles, birds, stars, cacti, palm trees generally come to cover the outline of a large totemic face depicted from the front and serving as a central pivot. to composition.
As in the art of the traditional mask of Africa or America, the fixed gaze and the vaguely macabre insistence on the mouth, always represented
open on two rows of teeth, produce a gently hypnotic effect that reinforces the psychedelic coloring of the whole.
Working on canvas or on paper, Haas tried all techniques: colored pencils, crayons, ballpoint pen, watercolour, gouache, oil, acrylic. He uses strong colors: black, white, blue, red, green and yellow.
Long before he started to paint, Kurt Haas was already interested in art, reading everything he could find concerning especially Van Gogh, Paul Klee and the expressionists.
In 1986, the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne also took an interest in him and he was admitted to the Neuve Invention. After several trips abroad, he finally returned to Zurich.
Good plan: Free access to the Art Brut museum with the City Card from the Tourist Office!