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Learning from Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art

Kaira M. Cabañas


Throughout the history of European modernism, philosophers and artists have been fascinated by madness. Something different happened in Brazil, however, with the “art of the insane” that flourished within the modernist movements there. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the direction and creation of art by the mentally ill was actively encouraged by prominent figures in both medicine and art criticism, which led to a much wider appreciation among the curators of major institutions of modern art in Brazil, where pieces are included in important exhibitions and collections. Kaira M. Cabañas shows that ... More

Keywords: art and madness, art of the insane, outsider art, psychiatric art, Brazilian modernism, global contemporary art, global modernism, patient-artists, creative care, Mário Pedrosa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226556284
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226556314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaira M. Cabañas, author
University of Florida, Gainesville