Jorn + Munch is the first publication to examine the enduring impact Edvard Munch (1863 –1944) had on Asger Jorn (1914 –1973). In Munch’s later works, Danish artist Jorn discovered an artist with a direct, spontaneous and raw form of expression. Already influenced by Surrealism’s uninhibited painting style, Jorn was naturally drawn to Munch’s similarly unbridled compositions.
In particular, Jorn was interested in Munch’s use of intense colours, his gestural application of paint and the undulating, organic lines of his works from the 1890s. From the end of the 1940s, and for many years after that, Munch was a challenging and important reference point for Jorn’s own body of work.
Oslo, Munch Museum, 15 October 2016–15 January 2017
Silkeborg, Jorn Museum, 11 February–28 May 2017