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The book is based on a symposium organized by Luise von Dryander and Natascha Kirchner at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. For a long time the field of art science has been fascinated by the unlimited creative potential of forms and movements of art besides the academic cultural activities. The term "Outsider Art" (originally meant as translation for the "Art Brut" of Jean Dubuffet) stands for existential works of art, which deals with the limits of human thinking and causes fundamental questions of existence. The book brings together international voices from science and practical experience, which deal with the topic in a critical way, so it gives a broad and complex insight into a fascinating field, as interdisciplinary methods and theories of art history and philosophy are examined as well as contemporary practises of presentation and mediation or examples of historical and contemporary exhibition practises, art market research, and artistic sponsorship.
About the Author
Natascha Kirchner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. She graduated from the Freie Universität Berlin with a bachelor’s degree in art history, communication sciences, and journalism. In her early career, she worked at the Max-Planck Institute in Florence, before moving to Düsseldorf where she received her master’s degree from Heinrich-Heine-Universität with a thesis on the reception of Käthe Kollwitz in the United States from 1933 to 1945.