Past exhibitions

William Cobbing, The Kiss 2, 2017


February 10. - June 10. 2018

With the exhibition CLAY! Museum Jorn proudly presents 8 internationally acclaimed artists who all work experimentally and innovatively with clay as a material. They work with raw, unfired clay in large installations and physically challenging performances. They create monumental installations with sculptures in raw or glazed clay, and they give the audience a chance to become part of their projects.

Almost 60 years have passed since Asger Jorn drove his scooter through the soft clay in a backyard in Albissola, Italy, thus leaving unmistakable tyre imprints on his great relief. At that time, Jorn invited his artist friends from all over the world to join him in the small Northern Italian coastal town to experiment with clay in pottery workshops there. Jorn was one of the most radical and pioneering artists in the field of ceramics. He transformed the old craft traditions and threw himself into an expressive, spontaneous, and experimental work with clay and glazes.

Now, the time has come to take a closer look at the role clay plays in the art world today. Thus, Museum Jorn has invited 8 of the most pioneering and innovative artists to create new art works in clay for the exhibition in Silkeborg. Common for all artists is that they all work with strategies similar to the ones of Asger Jorn. At the same time they are highly innovative, constantly challenging our perception of the expressive and applicatory possibilities of clay.

The participating artists are: Miquel Barceló (E), William Cobbing (UK), Alexandra Engelfriet (NL), Lawrence Epps (UK), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK), Marien Schouten (NL), Clare Twomey (UK), and Anne Wenzel (NL).

The exhibition is generously supported by: Knud Højgaards Fond, 15. Juni Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Fonden, Mondriaan Fund, Lemvigh-Müller Fonden, Oticon Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Bikubenfonden, Danish Arts Foundation, Randers Tegl, Potclays, Wysing Arts Centre, Ceramics Department at the School of Art, University of Wolverhampton and Kähler


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