Discovering Cobra. Wild Visions 1930 - 2000

Asger Jorn, Untitled, 1941. Collection Siemers-von Loeper, Hamburg. Photo: Ole Akhøj



January 24 - April 26, 2020


With the temporary exhibition Discovering Cobra. Wild Visions 1930-2000, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum presents a line-up of artists who, in their various ways, relate to the international and world-famous Cobra movement. A considerable testamentary bequest has, for several decades, enabled Fuglsang Kunstmuseum to show Danish Cobra celebrities such as Ejler Bille, Egill Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, and Carl-Henning Pedersen, always strong favourites among visitors.

However, the museum has now expanded its collection through a close collaboration with the private Collection Siemers-von Loeper from Hamburg whence a number of works have been deposited at the museum, including foreign heavyweights such as Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Corneille.


In Discovering Cobra, therefore, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum will, for the first time ever, combine the museum collection with the German collection to show a kaleidoscopic burst of Cobra art in a broad sense. Sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the 1930s until the millennium will, in all their diversity, illustrate the budding ideas on originality, spontaneity, and collaboration that prevailed in the decades leading up to the formation of Cobra, further evolving throughout its official three years of existence during the period 1948-51 and, not least, influencing posterity so much so that artists, even today, take inspiration from this visionary movement.


The works are presented along with texts, films, and a reading corner. The exhibition is also accompanied by a booklet (in Danish only) and activities for children and adults.