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One of the most provocative voices in post-war modern at, The Barbican celebrates the expansive career of unconventional painter and sculptor, Jean Debuffet.

French artist, Jean Debuffet was fascinated by alternative beauty and constantly challenged conventional preconceptions around aesthetics. His work sought to expose the gritty, unpolished beauty in everyday life, representing it in a more authentic way.

This is the first major survey of his work in over fifty years and covers four decades of his career, from early portraits and unique butterfly assemblages, to giant colourful canvases.

Experimentation, mixed materials and vivid colour palettes dominate Debuffet’s work and his legacy of rebellion helped shape modern art as it developed throughout the 20th century.

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Barbican Art Gallery

Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS

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