Gallery: New work showing at ‘Art Strikes Back’, Museum Jorn, Denmark
Art as a watchdog for freedom of speech and democracy
Both myself and Daniel Howe will be showing a new piece of video art entitled ‘Big Dada’ (2019) as part of the ‘Art Strikes Back: From Jorn to Banksy’ exhibition which opens 15th September 2019 at Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark. ‘Art Strikes Back’ is an international survey of modern and contemporary art featuring some incredibly influential artists that have utilised the technique of detournement in various forms and I am very excited to be showing work at such an important museum dedicated to the works of Asger Jorn and the Situationist art movement more broadly. It feels very much like going home as the Situationist International have been a huge source of inspiration and more since I was a young graffiti writer. Huge thanks to curator Christian Madsen and his team for working so closely with myself and Daniel to realise this new video art installation.
‘Art Strikes Back: From Jorn to Banksy’
15th September – 8th December 2019
Asgar Jorn, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Paul McCarthy, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marcel Duchamp, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Barbara Kruger, Peter Kennard, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Per Kirkeby, Gee Vaucher, John Heartfield, Kennard Phillips, Jamie Reid, Sue Webster & Tim Noble, Tom Gallant, Enrico Baj, Daniel Spoerri, Superflex, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jonathan Meese, Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger, Bill Posters & Daniel Howe, Christof Kohlhofer, Caspard Delano and Spanish Art activist group Democracia.
The pivotal point is the artistic strategy of the “détournement”, which means distortion or distortion. Asger Jorn called his detour events “modifications”. He saw it as a way in which he could modernize paintings by other artists by painting the pictures. In this way, the old gained new relevance. In detouring, iconic symbols are usually used together with satire, parody and humor to criticize eg. art market, but often it also deals with current political and ethical issues.
Jorn was also political in his art, and his modifications characterized the elite’s self-expression, as well as criticizing the commercial side of art. Therefore, it is in Museum Jorn’s DNA to show art that relates critically to various problems. Especially at a time when we see political action at national and global level, which would have been unthinkable just ten years ago. It is incredibly meaningful for Museum Jorn to open the doors to this challenging exhibition that provides a rare insight into the critical potential of art.
“This is a unique and very relevant exhibition, which we believe in every way will appeal to the audience – and certainly also provoke. But that is precisely what art must also be capable of; to move people’s perception of the world”, explains museum director at Museum Jorn, Jacob Thage.
Further details and PR to follow.
For additional information please visit Museum Jorn.