Lausanne's Collection de l'Art Brut is the original "home" of OutSider Art. Established in 1976 with 5,000 works collected by Jean Dubuffet, the museum remains a showcase for beautiful, compelling works, displayed in the redesigned interior of the Château de Beaulieu. The presentation is impeccable, the overall effect of the works mesmerizing. These artists defied convention, in their lives and in their art. Some were "mad", confined to institutions and prisons; others, merely idiosyncratic. All were passionate in their drive to create.
The museum is a fascinating tour de force, a highlight of a visit to Lausanne. The chateau is well up a steeply pitched hill, high above Lake Geneva, so take a bus up from the train station or lakeside.