The French shoemaker’s paintings, dead in 1964 when he was 54, are presenting in a exhibition at the Museum Gugging in Vienna from 30 March to 26 September 2011.
The several works shown, made on every kind of material (corrugated iron, card board, political flyers, wood, sheets and so on), come from French private collections and some of them will be exhibited the first time.
Gaston Chaissac was a painter who did not get enough success during his lifetime, in fact he lived in extreme poverty and illness.
He started to paint without attending any specific art schools and his works stayed to the big public unknown for a long time.
After his death Chaissac’s paintings have been discovered and finally have begun to get worth.
Now Gugging Museum is ready to revive across about 125 naif paintings, sculpture, and surprising totems, a kind of this artist’s thought.
But it is just one of the artist you can see at Gugging Museum of Vienna, which have a precise goal. In fact this gallery owns a lot of permanent exhibition rooms studied to expose the works by chronic psychiatric patients.
The House of the Gugging association is formed by three amazing buildings: the Main Building, the Villa and the House of the artists, famous for its incredible painted façade, made by the patient-artists.