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ART|MOBILE UNIT IN HUNT FOR RUSSIA'S BEST SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS

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All the time in the world is not enough to see everything at the Museum of Everything's Russian roadshow, the largest travelling exhibition of outsider art, is taking its country-hopping roadshow to the streets of Russia for the first time. It is all-embracing, all-inclusive, welcoming art from amateurs and accomplished artists, from the homeless and the insane, the young and the very old. Nothing is arranged, other than the route. The idea is that self-taught artists will turn up with their work for consideration.\r\n\r\nIt is made of two containers painted red, will travel across the country to see what art and artists it can discover along the way. Passageways lead off rooms and up and down stairs to other cave-like rooms full of little wonders, found objects, collections of matchboxes and broken dolls.\r\n\r\n"We really just want to see who and what turns up", says the museum's founder James Brett. Art will be hung in and around the containers, like travelling galleries, as the truck stops off at towns and cities, including Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, St Petersburg and Moscow. Brett chose Russia, for its rich history of artists, thinkers, philosophers, which is sometimes forgotten today in the capitalist, consumerist culture. He wanted to discover that traditional creativity in the local people.\r\n\r\nThe tour sets of on 2 August. Throughout August, the museum is parking its mobile exhibition unit in a different city across western Russia, where it will become something like a talent-show stage, seeking out the country's best, undiscovered self-taught and non-professional artists. The five-city tour ends in September in Moscow, where the city's Garage Center of Contemporary Culture is due to show the museum's top finds in a new pavilion.