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St. Adolf II
St. Adolf II

St. Adolf II 1971

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St. Adolf II 1971

20 mins United Kingdom

This revealing documentary explores the obsessive creativity of Swiss outsider artist Adolf Wölfli, who spent most of his adult life at the Waldau Clinic psychiatric hospital. His violent tendencies were mitigated by providing him with pencils and paper. He created odd autobiographical writing, drew artworks reflecting the obsessions of his multi-faceted schizophrenic personality, and composed music, idiosyncratically notated within his drawings.

In later life, Wölfli would perform his peculiar musical pieces on a paper trumpet. Adaptations of some of his compositions can be heard on the soundtrack of this film.

Genres

Documentary

Tags

Wolfli, Adolf (1864-1930) Outsider art

Collection

The Arts on Film

Released

1971

Country

United Kingdom

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