Moscow Museum of Outsider Art (Humanitarian Centre) is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Outsider Art in Russia. We started in 1989 with an exhibition of art works by mentally ill artists. Later, we broadened our objectives and began actively collecting Russian works of Outsider Art. Over the past 20 years, the collection's more than 4000 works have been exhibited throughout the former Soviet Union, as well as in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia, South Africa, Japan, Peru, Montenegro, USA, etc. In 1996 the Humanitarian Centre was renamed the Moscow Museum of Outsider Art. Permanent exposition of the Museum displays samples of Outsider Art, and also a cross-section of non-academic art connected in some way with Outsider Art (psychopathological expression, art works in the Neuve Invention category, small collection of na?ve art).
In 2008 our museum completed the first ever in Russia series of documentaries about European museums of Outsider Art and visionary environments:
- Part1, part2. In the first part, (Art Brut Collection¦ (Collection de l'Art Brut), Vladimir Abakumov, the Moscow museum's director, guides spectators through the halls of Art Brut Collection in Lausanne, Switzerland, and describes the search of French artist Jean Dubuffet which led him to creation of the term Art Brut;
- Part1, part2. Next part, [Ideal palace of the postman Sheval¦, impresses spectators by fairy-tale stone palace created within 33 years by a country postman who lived in small French town;
- Part1, part2. Have you ever seen a wonderful carousel with small figures made of painted tin plates in the park of [La Fabuloserie¦ museum? Have you met a touching author of this? The part [Little Pierre in Fabuloserie¦ presents the most poetic masterpiece of Art Brut;
- Part1, part2. The closing part, [Artists from Gugging¦, immerses spectators in atmosphere of famous House of Artists at the Gugging Clinic, Klosterneuburg, Austria. Many art pieces that are wanted by the most prestigious museums and galleries have been created in this place.
Unfortunately, films there is only Russian text