Icarus Films announced this past week that French documentary filmmaker Arthur Borgnis’ insightful look at an alternative world and movement of artists and their works, Eternity Has No Door of Escape: Encounters with Outsider Art, will be making its domestic DVD debut on July 9.
The “Art Brut” or “Outsider Art” movement, as an idea, was spawned by French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet following World War II. Beyond commercial and/or “accepted” works of art, he reasoned there was an alternate world of artistic experience that included the mentally ill or delusional, devotees of a spiritual world and apparitional amateurs (artists without formal training).
Filmmaker Arthur Borgnis introduces us to the concepts of Dubuffet — and like-minded devotes of “Art Brut,” Swiss historian and artist, Harald Szeemann, French writer, André Breton and German art historian Hans Prinzhorn — and provides examples (the works of such “Art Brut” artists as: Adolf Wölfli, Aloïse Corbaz, Augustin Lesage and August Natterer) and insights into a world of art that seems “other worldly,” for lack of a better description.
Eternity Has No Door of Escape: Encounters with Outsider Art is presented in French and German with English subtitles.
Bonus features include four featurettes — “Conversation with Laurent Danchin,” “Crossed Views on Art Brut,” “Lise Maurer Talks about Laure Pigeon” and “Louis Poulain and Bruno Gérard of the Atelier de la Pommeraie.”