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Asger Jorn

Geburtstag: 3. März 1914
Todesdatum: 1. Mai 1973

Asger Jorn war ein dänischer Künstler.

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„[My own goal is] to be completely empty of ideas at the moment of setting brush to canvas, the head being just as empty as the canvas.“

—  Asger Jorn

In a conversation with Pierre Loeb, circa 1946; as quoted on the website of the Jorn Museum 'Articles' by Jorn http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/article_presentation.asp?AjrDcmntId=255,
1940 - 1948, Various sources

„This calls for an explanation and it may be this, that no painting, however good it seems to us is anything in itself, except chemicals smeared on a flat surface. The value in the work of art is in the spectator, you see, and a painting has no bigger value than the mental and intellectual forces it arouses in the spectator.“

—  Asger Jorn

Jorn's quote, from his speech at the library of Silkeborg, September l0th 1953 (translated from an unpublished Danish manuscript by Guy Atkins) ; as quoted on the website of the Jorn Museum Articles by Jorn http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/article_presentation.asp?AjrDcmntId=255
1949 - 1958, Various sources

„If a symbolic language dies, it tortures us like a nightmare, like a thousand piece orchestra grating on our nerves and tearing our mind to pieces... It is a corpse with no symbolic power or strength.“

—  Asger Jorn

quoted in Asger Jorn (2002) by Arken Museum of Modern Art, p. 166
Jorn is talking about symbolism of the Nordic myths
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„This is what aesthetics, development and progress depend upon: that we go out on thin ice.“

—  Asger Jorn

On the task of modern artists (1959), as quoted in Asger Jorn (2002) by Arken Museum of Modern Art, p. 169
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„It is said that my art has some typically Nordic features: the curving lines, the convolutions, the magical masks and staring eyes that appear in myths and folk art. This may be. My interest in the dynamics of Jugend style probably also comes into it.“

—  Asger Jorn

Quote of Jorn, from: Tecken för liv, tecken till liv [Signs of life, the characters to life], interview by Marita Lindgren-Fridell, in Konstrevy (1963)
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„To get anywhere, one must choose one's mistakes, I chose experimental acts.“

—  Asger Jorn

1963
Statement of 1963, as quoted in Asger Jorn (2002) by Arken Museum of Modern Art, p. 129
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„It has been the giver's intention to create as complete a collection of European art as possible, with the aim of illuminating Surrealism and Spontaneous-Abstract art.“

—  Asger Jorn

refering to his art-gift Jorn made the Mmseum Jorn (1962); as quoted in Silkeborg Kunstmuseum — Jorn Samling by Troels Andersen (1973)
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„To break and be able to grow together again in a better way: that is the difficult art.“

—  Asger Jorn

Statement of 1963, as quoted in Asger Jorn (2002) by Arken Museum of Modern Art
1959 - 1973, Various sources

„True realism, materialist realism lies in the search for the expression of forms faithful to their content. But there is no content detached from human interest.“

—  Asger Jorn

As quoted in Aftermath France, 1945-54: New Images of Man: An Exhibition (1982), p. 107
1959 - 1973, Various sources

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