Nina Ansperger is the new artistic and scientific director of museum gugging as of January 1, 2023. She starts with her first exhibition "gugging inspires.! from bowie to roth" (30.3.2023-24.9.2023)


With "brut favorites.! feilacher's choice", Johann Feilacher opens his last exhibition as artistic director of museum gugging. With Louis Soutter, Mary T. Smith and Judith Scott, he presents works that have accompanied and impressed him for decades.


15 years of museum gugging
museum gugging celebrates 15 years of existence. With "gugging.! classic & contemporary", the presentation of artists from Gugging is repositioned. The exhibition "visualized dreams..." shows the touching success story of Ida Buchmann, Johann Korec and Johann Fischer.


10 years museum gugging

On June 5, 2016 museum gugging celebrates its 10th anniversary. For over a decade now, the museum has provided a unique exhibition venue for the work of the Artists from Gugging  at its place of origin, while serving as a forum for international Art Brut and other art genres.


Many artists working in the realm of Art Brut and Outsider Art are represented at the 55th Venice Biennale.


The House of Artists undergoes enlargement and renovation.


Closure of the Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic.


Opening of museum gugging

On June 28, 2006 museum gugging opens with great interest from the public and media. It was conceived and developed by the artistic director of the museum Johann Feilacher together with Nina Katschnig, today the head of galerie gugging. Now works by the Artists from Gugging  have a permanent stage, directly on site where the works are created.

(Photo © Josef Bittner)


Opening of the atelier gugging, an open studio.


The gallery moves to the former children’s section of the hospital, built in 1896, which now houses the museum, gallery, and studio.


Founding of galerie gugging, a gallery owned by the Artists from Gugging .


Opening of the first Outsider Art Fair in New York.


Oskar Kokoschka Prize awarded to the Artists from Gugging .


John Maizels founds the art journal Raw Vision in London.


Completion of the eastern façade of the House of Artists.


Johann Feilacher succeeds Navratil. Feilacher transforms the Centre for Art and Psychotherapy into a residential community for artists, thus establishing the House of Artists. The label “patient” is erased: The focus is now on the person and artist.


Psychiatrist and artist Johann Feilacher (*1954) becomes Navratil’s assistant.

The Artists from Gugging  begin painting the southern façade of the future House of Artists building.

Exhibitions of works by the Artists from Gugging in museums in German-speaking parts of Europe.


The vacant Pavilion 11 in Gugging becomes the “Centre for Art and Psychotherapy”.


Official opening of the Collection de l’Art Brut by Dubuffet, which he gave to the City of Lausanne, Switzerland in 1971.


Curator Harald Szeemann exhibits the work of Adolf Wölfli at documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany.


First sales exhibition at Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna.


Navratil corresponds with the founder of Art Brut, Jean Dubuffet, and Dubuffet confirms that the Artists from Gugging  belong to the Art Brut movement.


Navratil publishes his book Schizophrenia and Art.


Psychiatrist Leo Navratil (1921–2006) conducts drawing tests with his patients for diagnostic purposes at the Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic.


The French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) begins to develop his new concept of Art Brut (raw art). He speaks of a primal art which attests to a deeply personal formal language and often comes into being spontaneously, outside the framework of academic or art theory education.


Psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn (1886–1933) publishes his book Artistry of the Mentally Ill.


Psychiatrist Walter Morgenthaler (1882–1965) publishes his monograph A Psychiatric Patient as an Artist on the life and work of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930).


The Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic was founded.

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