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Asger Jorn

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52 linocuts by Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914–73) were discovered in the basement of his brother’s house in Silkeborg, Denmark, in 2012. Nobody knew that they had been preserved. Most of the linocuts were unknown, and only a few had been printed before. Jorn’s family entrusted Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark with the plates.

The museum approached Niels Borch Jensen and his master printers to investigate their quality. The results of the test printing were so pleasing that Museum Jorn and BORCH Editions decided to publish a selection of the prints.

The linocuts Jorn made between 1933 and 1939 give a rare insight into the development of the young artist. Jorn is taking the aesthetic simplification typical for the medium of linocut to the extreme, creating highly condensed black-and-white images full of contrast and dramatic effects.

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