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Profile: Asger Jorn
Affiliated Movements: Contemporary Art. Minimalism, Earth Art

Affiliated Artists:
Joseph Beuys
John Heartfield
Georg Baselitz


* The placement of other artists in the same category is purely for didactic purposes - any number alternate criteria could result in a different choice. This list is chosen by suggesting other artists, mostly working at the same point in time and whose work might evoke similar questions in the viewer.



Asger Jorn, Avant Garde Doesn Give Up ,1962.

Asger Jorn and the Situationist International

In 1954,  Jorn met Guy Debord, who would eventually become an intimate friend and collaborator. Like Debord,  Jorn participated in the consolidation of COBRA, the Lettriste Internationale, and London Psychogeographical Association, thus forming the Situationist International (SI) in 1957.

The general tenets of the Situationists were as follows:  a criticism of capitalist exploitation and the abasement of human life, the promotion of alternative life experiences, construction of situations, unitary urbanism, psychogeography, with the union of play, personal freedom and critical thinking.  Such principles were used by Jorn in his paintings.

Jorn believed that Situationst ideas were not solely artistic, but inseperable from political activism. Debord and Jorn similarily shared revolutionary intentions.

While continuing his support for the SI,  Jorn quit his participation in the SI in 1961; although he stil contributed his financial support and ultimately believed in its goals and intentions. l believed in its goals and

g In 1961 he friendly quit his activity in the SI, still fully supporting its contents and goals, and keeping to financially support it, but believing that the new strategy of the SI was little effective.[5][6]
He went on to found the Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism and contributed material to the Situationist Times. Later, he donated a museum for modern art to the Danish town of Silkeborg, near where he grew up. He was to remain close to Debord, however, and continued to fund Situationist publications.[7]
His philosophical system Triolectics was given a practical manifestation through the development of Three sided football.

Here he applied his scientific and mathematical knowledge drawn from Henri Poincaré and Niels Bohr to develop his situlogical technique



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