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Thorvaldsen, Willumsen, Jorn and Their Collections


Thorvaldsen, Willumsen, Jorn-when artists collect art: three legendary examples from Denmark


ISBN: 9783775743662 Category:


What do the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), the Symbolist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen (1863-1958), and the artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973) have in common besides the international outlook that made them leave their Danish motherland? They lived in different eras, yet built up vast artist collections that echo as well as pollinate their own artistic practice in similar ways. Thorvaldsen was known for his expertise in antique art, Willumsen as an El Greco expert, and Jorn-a co-founder of COBRA and the Situationist International-strove to make modern art accessible to a broad audience. All three of these artists’ art collections, now in public museums, each carry an individual style that does not espouse collecting art chronologically, but rather intuitively. This uniquely designed catalogue presents the artists’ different approaches to collecting, which shook up the museum landscapes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Additional information

Weight 1594 g
Dimensions 24.3 x 27.4 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 15 August 2018
Number of pages
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Anne Gregersen, Axel Heil, Christian Vind, Jens Tang Kristensen, Karen Benedicte Busk Jepsen, Michael Thimann, Rasmus Kjærboe, and Yannis Hadjinicolaou
Dimensions 24.3 x 27.4 cm
Weight 1594 g