Rooms 17a and 18a
The display brings together over 80 artworks ranging from sculptures,
hand-embroidered banners and garments, showcasing the variety and
creativity of Arthur Bispo do Rosario (1909-1989), one of Brazil’s most
Admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 29, Bispo’s
creations were made in complete isolation from the art establishment.
However his ‘outsider’ art has long been celebrated for its skill and
imaginative approach to working with everyday, found materials. The work
on show demonstrates his fascination for the reappropriation of objects
such as buttons, bottles, paper, card and cutlery, which he manipulated
to create elaborate sculptural pieces.