Asger Jorn

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Asger Oluf Jorn (born Asger Oluf Jørgensen, 3 March 1914, Vejrum, Jutland, Denmark – 1 May 1973, Århus, Denmark) was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist International.

The largest collection of Asger Jorn's works—including his major work Stalingrad—can be seen in the Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark. Jorn willed his property and the works of art located inside to the Municipality of Albissola Marina (Savona), so that the italian museum called Casa Museo Jorn was created for displaying his works.

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  • Open Creation and Its Enemies, with Originality and Magnitude (on the System of Isou), trans. Fabian Tompsett, London: Unpopular Books, 1994, 47 pp. Trans. from Internationale Situationniste 4 & 5. (English)
  • Discours aux pingouins et autres écrits, Paris: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 2001. (French)
  • La Genèse naturelle: sur la situation singulière qu’occupent dans l’humanité les mâles, Paris: Allia, 2001. (French)
    • A Génese Natural: Sobre a Situação Singular dos Machos na Humanidade, trans. Marta Lança, Lisbon: Antígona, 2014, 122 pp. [6] (Portuguese)
    • Estestvennaya istoriya raya [Естественная история Рая], trans. V.Lapitskiy (Виктор Лапицкий), St. Petersburg: Jaromir Hladik press, 2019, 96 pp. [7] (Russian)
  • Asger Jorn: la planète, Paris: Adam Biro, and Strasbourg: Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, 2001. Catalogue. (French)
  • Fraternité Avant Tout: Asger Jorn's Writings on Art and Architecture, 1938-1958, ed. Ruth Baumeister, Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2011. (English)
  • Jorn International, ed. Jørgen Sørensen, Aarhus: ARoS Kunstmuseum, 2011. Catalogue. (Danish)/(English)
  • with Jacqueline de Jong, The Case of the Ascetic Satyr: Snapshots from Eternity, New York: JdJ/D.A.P., 2015, [48]+56 pp. Artists' book. A companion volume includes essays on the piece by Kevin Repp, Marc Lenot, Roberto Ohrt, Karen Kurszinsky and Axel Heil. Review: Marcus (Artforum). [8] [9] (English)

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