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Your I amsterdam City Card gives free entrance

Take bus 142, 170 or 172 for the best connection between Amsterdam CS / Museumplein and Amstelveen Bus Station, which is located across the Cobra Museum.


100 Years Asger Jorn
28 September 2014 - 18 January 2015

Traces - 100 Years Asger Jorn marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Asger Jorn (1914-1973), with work by Jorn and selected works by his contemporaries. The exhibition also includes Baked Patatoes, a 2006 installation by Jacqueline de Jong for the garden of Jorn's home in Albissola, Italy. Traces - 100 Years Asger Jorn includes two partial exhibitions: Asger Jorn - The Secret of Art, a unique gift from the Otto van de Loo family of some 150 works on paper, and A Way of Making, a new project by contemporary artists Frederique Bergholtz and Maria Pask.

Traces - 100 Years Asger Jorn is an eclectic exhibition. In a non-hierarchical presentation, paintings, prints, drawings, musical experiments and ceramics from his hand can be seen alongside documentation and publications. Known to those in the field as an indispensable link in the avant-garde art of the 20th century, Asger Jorn, thanks to his agile, associative spirit and his versatility, was a fantastic example of an artist who can be endlessly discovered and rediscovered. Also through the eyes of other artists like Jacqueline de Jong who’s work ‘Baked Patatoes’, which she made in 2006 at Jorns Albissola residency, can be seen. Visitors are invited to follow the tracks of Traces to two other exhibitions at the museum that mark the 100th birthyear of Asger Jorn.

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Frederique Bergholtz and Maria Pask

With Asger Jorn's wide-ranging creative practice as their point of reference, artist Maria Pask and curator Frederique Bergholtz developed a new project, A Way of Making, especially for the Cobra Museum. It continues their collaborative work begun in 2013, with ceramics as the principle material. They now present a new installation with ceramic elements, new video work and a photographic archive of ceramic objects from different periods of time and geographical regions. The work is inspired by the organic way that Asger Jorn engaged with artistic practice, theory and history.

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Donation of 150 works by Asger Jorn

“The secret of art consists in the simple fact that it is more blessed to give than to take, but also that this blessedness is dependent upon voluntary giving, so that what is given is felt as a surplus, a wealth, not a duty.”. Asger Jorn, Value and Economy (1959)

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Sven Kroner, Lech 2005
Jonathan Lasker, Real Imaginary 1994
Richard Deacon, UW84DC, #5 2001
Pyke Koch, De Oogst 1953


Collecting Art at ING 13 September through 4 January

Het Cobra Museum and ING Art Management have made an exciting and extensive selection from the works in their international collections. More than 50 works show the new face of 40 years of collecting art, including Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ossip Zadkine, Iris van Dongen, Ad Dekker, Piet Mondriaan, Ossip Zadkine, Pyke Koch, Richard Deacon, Carel Willink, Cristian Boltanski, René Daniëls, Roni Horn, Jessica Diamond, Michael Raedecker and many more.

One work deserving special note is the triptych by Jaap Hillenius (1934-1999). This work was specially commissioned in 1987 for the iconic ING headquarters building in Southeast Amsterdam. The architecture was even adapted to give the work the best possible light. This work is now on public view for the first time.

The museum shop offers the new ING Collection catalog RE: Society, 40 years or ING engaging with the arts’ for sale or order it at bedrijfsleiding@cobra-

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