Exhibitions
Donation Jorn, Silkeborg/billedkunst.dk.  Portrait photographs used for the cover of the book Value and Economy. A Critique of Economy Politics and the Exploitation of the Unique, circa 1962.

© Donation Jorn, Silkeborg/billedkunst.dk.
Portrait photographs, circa 1962.

Immerse yourself in Jorn

Asger Jorn is an important – and unique – figure within Danish culture. His art expresses a keen commitment to and engagement in the world he lived in. Jorn wished to use his art to establish creative communities, to challenge habitual thinking, and open up new ways of seeing and understanding the world.

To Asger Jorn (1914-1973) art was a matter of using creativity to actively enter and change the world. Ever since he discovered Marxism as a teenager, joining the Danish Communist Party in the early 1930s, and up until his death four decades later he would defend a position that regarded art as entirely inseparable from social life. He believed that art should challenge our habitual ideas and norms, paving the way for new ways of viewing the world.

The exhibition Asger Jorn – Restless Rebel presented the wide-ranging scope of this leading Danish artist. In these pages you can immerse yourself in Jorn’s art, following his development from his early years as a student of art in Paris to his collaborations in the Cobra movement onwards to his support to the student’s revolution in Paris in 1968.

Donation Jorn, Silkeborg/billedkunst.dk. Asger Jorn, Golden light of morning bright, is shed upon my labour, 1933. Museum Jorn.

© Donation Jorn, Silkeborg/billedkunst.dk.
Asger Jorn, Golden light of morning bright, is shed upon my labour, 1933. Museum Jorn.

© Donation Jorn, Silkeborg/billedkunst.dk.
Asger Jorn, But Our Father from on high, He is living!, 1933. Museum Jorn.

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