The museum has outgrown its site on the banks of the river Gudenåen. The premises are outdated and will be due for a thorough overhaul and remodelling in the next couple of years.
A new building will be an opportunity for the museum to develop in new directions and to become far more open and in dialogue with its surroundings. There is a distinct need, especially at this point in time, for applying new media in a setting conducive to deciphering, and offering new perspectives on, society. This is why the new art house is so important.
As an added bonus, the museum would become an architectural landmark for Silkeborg and an international attraction in a league of its own, attracting visitors from across the world, unifying the city in a hub that brings together culture and nature, invigorating the heart of Silkeborg by adding life, activities, and collective pursuits.
The art collection at Museum Jorn ranks among the most important collections of Danish and international art in the country. Asger Jorn and Per Kirkeby are two of the most significant artists in Denmark. The recent bequest of Per Kirkeby’s archives has facilitated bringing these two great artists together and to present, research, and find inspiration in their unique art.
In addition to exhibitions and activities, the museum will offer meeting facilities, communal workshops, café, etc., for some of the municipal activities organised for people in the city and across the municipality.