Asger Jorn (1914 – 1973) studied with Fernand Legér in Paris 1936-37, Aksel Jørgensen in Copenhagen and others. He became a member of the artists´ group Linien 1937. Jorn was greatly influenced by the automatism of surrealism, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, and in the first half of the 1940s he made the transition from a linear to a painterly mood of expression. Edvard Munch´s paintings were an important source of inspiration in this process, and later his kinship with Munch was further reinforced in regard to content.
Jorn was a vital driving force in CoBrA and uniquely important as an exponent, writer, source of inspiration and initiative taker.
In 1953 founded Bauhaus Imaginiste, in 1957 Bauhaus Situationniste, Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism etc. He worked with painting, graphics, ceramics and monumental decorations. Extensive authorship.
The diversity of his artistry is best experienced in Silkeborg (Museum Jorn), where in 1958 he donated a substantial collection of his own art as contemporary Danish and international art.