Asger Jorn, Guy Debord: Fin de Copenhague (1957)

18 April 2013, dusan

Fin de Copenhague [Goodbye to Copenhagen] is the first collaboration between Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The artists’ book is credited to Jorn, with Debord listed as “Technical Adviser in Détournement”. The book was published by Jorn’s Edition Bauhaus Imaginiste in May 1957, a few months before this group amalgamated with the Lettrist International to create the Situationists.

The pages include text in English, French, German, and Danish; illustrations of whisky bottles beer bottles and cigarettes; aeroplanes and ocean going liners; cartoons of well dressed men and pretty girls and various maps of Copenhagen. Each page is covered with a second layer of coloured ink drops and drips, most of which go right to left, emphasising the direction of the book from beginning to end.”

Publisher Edition Bauhaus Imaginiste, May 1957
Printer Permild and Rosengreen, Copenhagen
40 pages
via Maldoror Press

Commentary (Christian Nolle)
Wikipedia

PDF (5 MB)
JPGs (higher res, at Beinecke, added on 2015-8-29)

See also Mémoires, 1958.


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