Silkeborg, Denmark

Christian Vind


Tegn og underlige gerninger (En Silkeborg for tolkning)” (Signs and Strange Deeds [A Silkeborg Interpretation]) was a special kind of solo show, taking the form of a tribute to Asger Jorn (1914–73). The artist Christian Vind assumed the role of curator and “embedded exhibitor” to engage with the multifaceted Jorn, who, beyond his achievements as a painter, participated in the Situationist movement, collected art and artifacts, wrote art theory, and researched cultural history. Silkeborg Kunstmuseum was built around Jorn’s oeuvre and the thousands of works he collected from colleagues in the CoBrA group as well as from artists in other vanguard movements. Jorn and his friends established modernism in Denmark as a kind of folk art, an idiom modeled on musicality and childlike creativity. Their playful philistinism has been repeatedly celebrated in order to perpetuate painting’s purported

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