press release

Inner Worlds Outside brings together works by established mainstream artists and Outsider artists - individuals producing from the “fringes of society”. The exhibition aims to question the problematic distinction between Insider and Outsider Art by exploring the parallels between them as well as the impact of some Outsider artists on major figures of twentieth century art. The exhibition comprises some 140 works by Insiders such as James Ensor, Philip Guston, Henri Rousseau and Outsiders such as Henry Darger, Madge Gill and Adolf Wölfli. It draws on selected work from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, which is on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as from works from public and private collections in Europe, Brazil and the US.

Henri Rousseau (Le Douanier), Le Petit Chevalier Don Juan, before 1880, Oil on canvas, 32.7 x 25.8 cm, London, The Mayor Gallery Albert Louden, Untitled, charcoal and watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 42 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, On loan from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art CollectionSava Sekulic, Napoleon and his Daughters, 1975, Household paint and pencil on board, 103 x 73.5 cm, Dublin, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, on loan from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection

Inner Worlds Outside is co-curated by Jon Thompson, artist and critic, and Monika Kinley, curator and collector. It is a touring exhibition organised by IMMA, the Fundación ”la Caixa”, Madrid (27 January – 2 April 2006) and the Whitechapel, London (28 April – 25 July 2006).

A catalogue, with essays by Jon Thompson, Ángel González García, critic, James Elkins, art historian, and Roger Cardinal, author and authority on Outsider Art, accompanies the exhibition.


Inner Worlds Outside
Organisation: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; la Caixa, Madrid; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Kuratoren: Jon Thompson, Monika Kinley

mit Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Francois Burland, Henry Darger, Robert Delaunay, Jean Dubuffet, James Ensor, Madge Gill, Philip Guston, Chris Hipkiss, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, William Kurelek, Roberto Matta, Michael the Cartographer, Joan Miró, Emil Nolde, Francis Picabia, Henri Rousseau, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Antoni Tàpies, Mark Tobey, Adolf Wölfli, Anna Zemankova ...

27.01.06 - 02.04.06 Fundacion la Caixa, Madrid
28.04.06 - 25.07.06 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
26.07.06 - 1510.06 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin