All through his artistic career, Jorn also purchased art which he believed to represent the most significant aspects of international contemporary art. Between 1953 and 1973, Jorn gifted around 5500 works by some 140 different artists to the city of Silkeborg, including several of his own major works. Placing an international art collection in central Jutland, far removed from the art metropoles of Paris and Copenhagen, Asger Jorn wanted to launch his personal narrative about the development of art and to show which aspects of modern art he considered important. Over and above that, he wanted to make art accessible to a broad audience.
The exhibition shows highlights from the museum collection. From the 1920s onwards, it runs chronologically and presents famous international movements within art such as CoBrA and Situationist International, both co-founded by Jorn. Thus, the exhibition provides a unique glimpse of Jorn’s artistic development, his life and work, his times, his artistic network, and sources of inspiration.
One of Asger Jorn’s main works “The Disquieting Duckling” is currently not on display due to vandalism.