Pierre Alechinsky – post Cobra

From Octobre 12 2016 until 22 January 2017

Pierre Alechinsky – post Cobra shows about 90 works spanning five decades from this last living and working Cobra artist. Pierre Alechinsky (born Brussels, 1927) worked in his studio in Bougival (near Paris) and Provence (not far from Arles) on painted and graphic works with a lyrical and evocative character, many of which show the influence of Eastern calligraphy. The paintings and drawings are linked to diverse sources of inspiration, such as travel, remarks and dreams. The earliest paintings date from 1958 and the most recent from 2015. Some paintings and drawings have never before been on public display. This retrospective exhibition sees the fulfilment of a long-cherished wish of the Cobra Museum.

Pierre Alechinsky has had previous museum solo retrospective shows in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1975); Guggenheim Museum, New York (1987) and the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels (2007), among others.

Maarten Bertheux, guest curator: “Alechinsky paints fantasy figures, animals and plants with undulating and sometimes incomplete brush strokes. He creates pictures in which natural processes, such as awakening and growing, are visualised. Works bursting with the joy of life painted in a vivid palette, but also works of a darker, heavier tone.”

The catalogue, Pierre Alechinsky - post Cobra (Dutch or French) will be released for the exhibition.



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).


CoBrA Collection

• Collaborations
• New acquisitions

The Cobra Museum presents its own collection in changing exhibitions, thereby emphasizing the wide range of the international Cobra movement, as well as revealing the dynamics between the various members of the group. Relationships between text and image played an important role right from the beginning of the Cobra movement, and this presentation focuses special attention on collaborations between poets and painters.

Some elements are now being shown for the first time: a recent donation of works by the Scottish CoBrA artist Stephen Gilbert, and new in our collection: works by Dutch artist Gerard Verdijk that are shown in the presentation 'Tegengestelde beweging (Opposing movement)’ Verdijk (1934 - 2005) processed influences like informal painting, pop-art en fundamental art in their own way in his art.