Widely considered one of the greatest Outsider artists, Adolph Wölfli created an imaginary aesthetic world while institutionalized at the Waldau asylum in Switzerland. Active between 1904-1930, he created a huge body of work, including oversized, illustrated narrative texts, an imaginary autobiography (nine volumes long) and an fanciful epic Geographic and Algebraic Books (seven volumes). Beginning in 1916, he also produced single-sheet, unbound drawings. His work is marked by a hallucinogenic amount of detail, text and figures that are generally locked in symmetrical compositions. The majority of his work is now housed at the Wölfli Foundation at the Berne Kunstmuseum.
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