In the language of the outsider artist Nina Matysiak “lue lu” means “I love you” – hence the name of the Lue Lu / Brut Now Gallery & Foundation.
Lue Lu Gallery / Brut Now is an idea, a knowledge base and an access route to codes of art brut/outsider art/brut now and many other “raws” and “bruts” hidden in the micro/macro-cosmos
Lue lu grew out of fascination with and willingness to support officially neglected areas of culture and art. It conducts academic research, organises exhibitions, builds a collection, releases publications and animates activities that promote niche art.
Lue lu seeks to think about brut through contemporary discourses. We concentrate on the struggle against the climate disaster, discrimination of minorities, gender-motivated violence. We champion eco-anarcho-feminism, decolonisation, Black Lives Matter, biodiversity, co-existence, LGBTQIA+, queer. We conduct interspecies explorations into the questions of co-existence between humans and non-humans.
Our current project is When the Halny Wind Blows, Madwomen Are Born / Brut Now, which aims to strengthen the position of brut women artists in the field of art.
We research brut artists and the defiant edges of the system. Lue Lu brings together brut and the jagged, defiant edges of the system, connecting artists whose work is situated in the fields of mainstream art brut outside the system.
Immediately raising the red flag is Pierre Bourdieu’s thought about “the antagonistic coexistence of two modes of production and circulation obeying inverse logics. At one pole, there is the anti-‘economic’ economy of pure art. Founded on the obligatory recognition of the values of disinterestedness and on the denegation of the ‘economy’ … and of ‘economic’ profit … At the other pole, there is the ‘economic’ logic of the literary and artistic industries which, since they make the trade in cultural goods just another trade, confer priority on distribution, on immediate and temporary success …”