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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Art Brut Japonais’

FUKUOKA ART MUSEUM

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

This exhibition already won high praise at its initial 2010-11 showing in Paris. Art brut, like outsider art, refers to creations by those who typically lack any traditional or extensive artistic training, though it more specifically refers to those using art as some form of therapy.

Since many of the artists involved in the original Paris show were financially unable to adequately store or maintain their work, the Nippon Foundation offered to house and properly preserve many of their creations. It has now collected, and loans out, more than 600 works from 45 Japanese art brut artists; Oct. 1-Nov. 24.

Fukuoka Art Museum; 092-714-6051; 1-6 Ohori-Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka; Ropponmatsu Station, Nanakuma Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. (except Oct. 14, Nov. 4), Oct. 15, Nov. 5. www.fukuoka-art-museum.jp/english