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Copyright estate of the artist
 Jorn, Asger (1914 - 1973)
Denmark

Varens Offer, 1952

Oil on wood;
160 x 183 cm
CoBrA Group

UID 102-287



Biography

Danish painter, commercial designer, decorator, ceramicist, sculptor and writer whose personality and work exerted a strong influence over his contemporaries who considered him the greatest Scandinavian artist since Edvard Munch. He studied and worked in Paris with Fernand Léger on Le Corbusier's "Pavillon des Temps Nouveau" at the 1937 Paris World Fair and in 1938 he held his first exhibition, in Copenhagen. He adopted the ideas of Miró, Max Ernst and other Surrealists with a new concept of painting which was freer and guided by colour. His works combined humorous and grotesque figures with a colour spectrum. In Paris 1948, he, Christian Dotremont and Constant formed the Cobra group which intended to unite artists of different countries with similar ideas. In 1952, he published his first book, Held og hasard and, in the mid-50s, he created MIBI (Mouvement International pour un Bauhaus Imaginiste) with Max Bill. The aim being to criticise functionalism and industrial design. He spent the last years of his life collecting his own, and the works of contemporary artists, for the Silkeborg Kunstmuseum. The gestural and expressive images, bursting with demoniac and mythical creatures, represent the Nordic variety of Abstract Expressionism.



Exhibitions

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France
05-10-2001 ~ 14-01-2002

Paris: Capital of the Arts 1900-1968 (Bilbao)
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
21-05-2002 ~ 03-09-2002

Paris: Capital of the Arts 1900-1968 (London)
Royal Academy of Arts, The, United Kingdom
26-01-2002 ~ 19-04-2002

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Nova Apresentação da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-11-1999 ~ 01-03-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001

Erich Kahn - Forgotten Generation Jewish Survivor German Expressionist
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
05-05-2005 ~ 09-10-2005

De Miró à Warhol. La Collection Berardo à Paris
Musée du Luxembourg, France
16-10-2008 ~ 22-02-2009


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Collection Berardo, Oeuvres Choisies du 20e Siècle, 2001
Published by Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
ISBN 2711843319

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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