Publication The Soul in Limbo,
Jennifer Tee, Star Crossed, performance for the exhibition Nether Land, Shanghai Expo, China, 2010
Jennifer Tee, Shuudan Koudou (collective action), Ether Plane / Material Diagram series 4, plate 3, 50 x 84 cm
6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee
Exhibition: The Soul in Limbo, 24 Novembre 2015 until 21 February 2016
The title of the exhibition is taken from the statement, “I am the soul in limbo”, made by Nadja, the central character in the eponymous novel by André Breton.
Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen
Exhibition: Jennifer Tee meets Cobra
Publication: The Soul in Limbo
The Exhibition and publication was made possible through support by de Council of Gemeente Amstelveen, Galerie Fons Welters, the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and the Tijl Fund. With special thanks to Zwaan Printmedia.
Credit. Joan Miró.
Joan Miró at ‘Son Boter’ studio, Palma de Mallorca 1973.
on show from 10 October 2015 to 31 January 2016.
Miró & CoBrA: The Joy of Experiment
What links Joan Miró and the Cobra artists is their playful, experimental approach to art. Experimentation with materials, shapes and processes was a source of knowledge and innovation for both the Spanish master and the Cobra artists of the post-war generation. By bringing the work of Miró and CoBrA together, this exhibition gives insight into a shared sense of playfulness and poetic attitude which are at the heart of the work of both.
Katja Weitering, artistic director:
In his late period, Miró’s artistic development saw a liberation from form, gesture and material which showed a striking correspondence with the work and artistic perceptions of various CoBrA members. This work is less familiar to general audiences – and on show now in the Netherlands for the very first time. This exhibition illuminates a wide range of experimental techniques which include, besides painting, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, assemblages, visual poetry and artists’ journals.
This summer Miró’s sculptures will be exhibited in the gardens of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There has been no extensive Miró retrospective in the Netherlands for nearly 60 years, since the Stedelijk Museum’s exhibition in 1956. Now, in 2015, the Cobra Museum has succeeded in collating a substantial Miró exhibition which includes works from the Netherlands and abroad, thanks in part to assistance from many international partners. For example, New York’s Guggenheim Museum has generously provided Paysage (1927), while the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has sent the major work Figures and Bird (1934-1936) and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid has provided five works from the period from 1945-1950.
The exhibition includes more than 80 works by Joan Miró and 60 works by various Cobra artists including Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, Constant and Pierre Alechinsky. A central part of the exhibition is the reconstruction of Miró’s Mallorca studio, consisting of more than 40 original objects and shown for the first time on such a large scale. This part of the exhibition has been made possible thanks to a collaboration with the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca.
Funds and Partners
The Danish artist duo, Bank & Rau, based in Copenhagen, have been invited by the Cobra Museum to create a contemporary presentation of the museum collection from the perspective of their own unique vision. The collection of the museum, the stories associated with it and the history of the Cobra movement, with associated archival material, are the building blocks with which Bank & Rau have set to work. They will further complement this with their own work, inspired by the Cobra collection and thereby creating a new, total installation in which they tell a story of Cobra in a completely new way.
In the artistic practice of Bank & Rau (Lone Bank & Tanja Rau), hand crafting and elements of folklore are consistent elements. By setting aside accepted tradition and everything we tend to take for granted (in a museum), Bank & Rau endeavour to create new forms for museum presentations.
The Open Collection Programme of the Cobra Museum is an investigation in practice, in which contemporary creators are invited to open up the Cobra Museum collection and contribute new impulses and perspectives. The Open Collection Programme has been made possible by the Mondriaan fund. The presentation by Bank & Rau is also supported by the Danish Arts Council, SVFK (Danish Art Workshop) and the SKF (Danish Art Foundation).
Works from the collection of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art
The CoBrA artists, many of whom had left-wing political leanings following the isolation and divisions inflicted by the war, wanted to create a new form of art that transcended national borders and could assume a central place in society. Cobra artists wanted to produce art that could be understood by everyone, that would speak directly to the individual. To achieve this, they sought to get as close as possible to the underlying core of what it meant to be human. They sought ‘authenticity’, and found something closer to that authenticity in the artistic expressions of children, folk culture and in non-Western societies. In practice, this meant experimenting with ‘a new, spontaneous painterly expression’. In this way, Cobra artists investigated the relationships between drawing, writing and painting. They strove to liberate colour from form. Some of the artists associated with Cobra, including Karel Appel and Asger Jorn, had specific periods when abstraction played a larger role in their work, but there were also artists associated with Cobra who had always leaned more strongly towards abstraction, such as Eugène Brands, Anton Rooskens, Theo Wolvecamp and the Danish artist, Erik Ortvad. It is this field of tension between figuration and abstraction that is central in this presentation with works from the collection of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art