Cobra Artists

Asger Jorn

Designer #01

Asger Jorn (1914-1973)  became a international visual artist known for his paintings, ceramics, sculptures and his writing.

In 1936 he travels to the city of art Paris and he becomes a student at one of modernism's major painters, Fernand Léger, and experimenting in the following years with different expressions, materials and joint works in both Paris and Denmark. Among other things, he assists Léger and the French architect Le Corbusier at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. He also attends teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Later on he is found in Albissola in Italy, where he becomes found of working with ceramic and sculptures.

In his years, Jorn worked in many different materials and media: painting, graphics, sculpture, weaving, drawing, collage and ceramics. He painted more than 2200 paintings and also wrote a huge number of articles and theoretical books about everything that interested him in, among other things, art and politics. He had an extensive acquaintance with artists, philosophers, poets, scientists and political freelancers.

In 1948 he was on of the founders of the CoBrA avent-garde movement, which came to life in a café in Paris. The group existed until 1951, but had an important impact on many artist from the same period and in the future. Asger Jorn is today considered one of Denmark's most important artists. Jorn died in 1973.