Errations in Wood, Copper and Stone
Asger Jorn's Prints
|Asger Jorn (1914―1973) celebrated a cheerful artistic vandalism in his work which rid itself of all classical concepts of value and form, declaring it instead to be the mission of art to create the wonderful, the unknown, the enigmatic, the imaginary and the chaotic. Considered one of the most versatile figures of the European avant-garde after World War II, Jorn uniquely combined the Expressionism of the early twentieth century with the figurative, expressive trends of contemporary art. Through a synthesis of Surrealism, Art Informel, Action Painting and Nordic folk art, he developed a new type of figurative painting, which may be seen as a precursor to the Junge Wilde in Germany and Austria.
This publication accompanies the first Austrian retrospective of Asger Jorn―probably the most important Scandinavian artist of the twentieth century, along with Edvard Munch and Per Kirkeby―at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. The lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and linocuts he created in the period from 1932 until 1972 reflect the artist’s love of experimentation and his interest in the possibilities of the material, as well as his story-telling prowess and wit.
Edited by Thorsten Sadowsky for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. With texts by Lucas Haberkorn, Barbara Herzog, Lena Nievers and Thorsten Sadowsky