Asger Jorn in Images, Words, and Forms

Asger Jorn in Images, Words, and Forms

A new and comprehensive introduction to life, work and thought of the great Danish avant-garde artist, coniciding with his 100th anniversary.



Title Information

Ruth Baumeister

1st edition

, 2014


144 pages, 229 color and 40 b/w illustrations

22 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-735-8


Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914–73) was one of the most important exponents of modern Nordic art. This book provides an amusing, rather unusual introduction to this highly unconventional figure of Europe’s post-war artistic avant-garde. Conceived as an imaginary museum of sixteen richly illustrated galleries, it shows the manifold aspects of Jorn´s oeuvre, and for the first time reveals the entire range of his artistic production. The text offers a scholarly introduction, followed by a series of diverting “short stories” on Jorn. Drawing on original letters, interviews, photographs, press clippings, and even excerpts from Jorn’s mother’s unpublished book about her son, they give insight into the artist´s life as well as his charismatic personality, his relationships with fellow artists and his involvement with artistic movements such as CoBrA and the Situationist International. The stories range from presenting Jorn as a political activist and Marxist philosopher to more intimate details, such as his role as a father and his failed endeavor to receive a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Copenhagen in the early 1950s.
Asger Jorn in Images, Words, and Forms is a long awaited and easy to read general introduction to the life and work of an equally important and original figure in 20th-century art.


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Authors & Editors

Ruth Baumeister

 is an author, architect, and Professor of Architectural History and Theory at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. She is the author of Asger Jorn in Images, Words and Forms, also published by Scheidegger and Spiess.