• Asger Jorn

    Fundació Antoni Tàpies
    Aragó 255
    February 12–April 21, 2002

    Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain
    1, Place Hans Jean Arp
    October 19, 2001–January 13, 2002

    Most people equate the Situationist International with Guy Debord, but there was another protagonist in this radical anti-art movement, Danish painter Asger Jorn. In the first French survey of the artist’s work, curators Paul Hervé Parsy and Laurent Gervereau present Jorn not only as the catalyst of the COBRA collective (1948–51), but also as an intellectual force for the nascent Situationists. With some 100 works, the show features paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, collages, photographs, and books. And while the ghost of Debord is no doubt still excoriating “sub-Leninist impostors,” Jorn’s oeuvre poses an interesting question: Why did Debord et al. lack all perspective on art?