Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan

If you are visiting London in the next few months I highly recommend visiting the Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, organised with the Museum of Psychiatry in Haarlem and the Social Welfare Organisation Aiseikai in Tokyo. Souzou is a word which means creation or imagination, depending on how it is written in Japanese. Hundreds of works are displayed by artists who are attendees of social welfare institutes in Japan. The exhibition includes huge drawings made in biro, small figures made from paper and sellotape, intricately constructed ceramics and textiles, objects made not for an audience, but to satisfy an inner need. The images are fascinating and have a rawness and  immediacy to them. The exhibition runs until the end of June.

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