Tremendously Torn! Asger Jorn's Collages and Décollages

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Asger Jorn (1914–1973) was a Danish artist who, until 1964, worked exclusively with collages. He then made a complete about-face: from 1964 to 1969, he created a series of “décollages.” For these works, he removed already existing material instead of adding it. He this new technique first on billboards and advertising pillars, using a knife or tearing sections of the layered posters with his bare hands, thus creating new pictorial surfaces and compositions. This catalog presents these groups of works, which are inextricably tied to each other within Asger Jorn’s oeuvre as a whole.


Axel Heil, PhD, is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. He is also editor of the series Future of the Past, monographs on artists of the 1960s. Katharina Henkel, PhD, has had projects and exhibitions at various houses: Berlin State Museums, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Neues Museum Weimar, and Schloss Moyland Museum. She is the curator and was acting scientific director of the Kunsthalle Emden. Maike Schmidt, PhD, is a research volunteer at the graphic collection of the National Museums in Berlin.