American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) Presents Out of This World a Centennial Celebration – Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

The American Visionary Art Museum AVAM announces a year-long centennial celebration of visionary artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. AVAM is dedicated to production of yearly, thematic exhibitions that provide an ideal forum for public exploration of all the grand themes that have inspired human beings into acts of fresh, new creation. In the museum’s 15 year history, AVAM has chosen to produce single-artist exhibitions only four times:
Holy Fire: The Match Stick Artistry of Gerald Hawkes
The Baltimore Glassman: Fresh Air Cure
Out Loud: The Artistry of Albert Louden

Tapestries of Survival: The Holocaust Embroideries of Esther Krinitz
In collaboration with The Von Bruenchenhein Collection, AVAM is delighted by the special opportunity to present its newest single-artist exhibition: Out of This World: A Centennial Celebration • Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Opening to the public on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, the exhibition is located in AVAM’s Main Building, 3rd Floor Gallery, and will run until March 2, 2011.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein was born in Wisconsin on July 31, 1910. He lived in a small house in Milwaukee with his wife Marie, and he worked in a bakery. He was a self-taught artist, and believed he was capable of great things. His first paintings were on panels of boxes that he brought home from the bakery. Despite the fact that he was never successful in selling his work or gaining any recognition during his lifetime, his passion drove him to produce thousands of paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Since his death in 1983 he has been increasingly recognized as a uniquely important American visionary artist.

Because the peak of Von Bruenchenhein’s visionary artistry is seen in his paintings, AVAM has chosen to present a selection of 38 of his painted works. They come to the museum from the Von Bruenchenhein.

Collection. Please note that the selections from “Out of This World” and many more of his paintings are viewable at vonbruenchenhein.com. Visitors to vonbruenchenhein.com may download high resolution images of the paintings free of charge.

In the late hours, Von Bruenchenhein would sit at his kitchen table and let his imagination go. He applied paint to a board, and then moved the paint around. First, he used just his fingers. Then he began to scrape with combs, quills, bakery tools, and other objects – including brushes made from his beloved wife’s hair. Most of his paintings were completed in a frenzy of activity that lasted one to three hours. The images are amazing for their dimensionality and detail, and for the worlds they reveal to us—so far removed from our own. By his own accounting, Von Bruenchenhein completed 1,080 paintings. When he died, his small house was crammed from floor to ceiling with them.

As noted, high resolution images are available for download at vonbruenchenhein.com. For a list of 38 images appearing in AVAM’s “Out of This World” exhibition, please contact [email protected]

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is America’s official national museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1995, the museum seeks to promote the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution as both an important historic and essential living piece of treasured human legacy. The one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum is located on a 1.1 acre wonderland campus at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6PM. For additional information regarding the museum or the exhibition, please contact: Pete Hilsee • American Visionary Art Museum • 410.244.1900 x241 • [email protected]

www.avam.org

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