Asger Jorn

1914 - 1973 · Denmark

Artist biography

Asger Jorn was an artist, who was born and brought up in Denmark. Asger Jorn was born in 1914 and died in 1973. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Carl-Henning Pedersen and Asger Jorn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Asger Jorn's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as France, Denmark, and Italy. Galleries include Tornabuoni Art | London in the United Kingdom, Galleri Profilen in Denmark, and Françoise Livinec in France. Asger Jorn's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Winter Variation at GALERIE BIRCH in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition was open from 21 February 2019 until 30 March 2019. Asger Jorn's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions Adam & Asger (13 June 2020 - 22 August 2020) at Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in Denmark and Summer exhibition 2019 (23 June 2019 - 16 August 2019) at Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in Denmark. Asger Jorn's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called JORNS GRAFIK and took place at Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in Denmark from the 18 January 2019 to 01 March 2019.

At present, three works from Asger Jorn are for sale on Artland.

Asger Jorn in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of art by Asger Jorn at Artland. These collectors include Salles collection and bein, who also has works by other artists including Liam Fallon, Shlomo Harush, and Isabel Alonso Vega.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often combined with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely scarce interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal depictions of light and shadow in modest, elegant interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Founded in 1949, CoBrA's bright colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Asger Jorn

Asger Jorn was born in 1914 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period.

In Europe, Surrealism continued to be prevail, and had grown to have influence across the globe. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their pioneering political philosophies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was epitomised in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico.

In the United States, the Great Depression had a severe impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of humility and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these topics and ideas to endeavour to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of a number of artists.

In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

By the end of the decade, the Second World War had begun, having been aided by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in 1933. This political turmoil would go on to preoccupy both artists and the global population.

Asger Jorn

  • Artworks in Collections 9
  • Exhibitions 7

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