• Asger Jorn og Sigurjón Ólafsson

TWO COMRADES

AsGER JORN & SIGURJÓN ÓLAFSSON

  • 21.10.2017 - 7.10.2018, Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar

Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908–1982) and Asger Jorn (1914–1973) were both influential figures in avant-garde art in Denmark in the 1930s and 40s, and the two had a close relationship until Sigurjón returned to Iceland at the end of World War II. They both participated in the landmark exhibitions Linien 1937, Skandinaverne 1939 and Teltudstillingen 1941.

In the summer of 1967 Jorn visited Iceland, when he was working on his great study of ancient Nordic art. He brought with him a number of prints, which at Sigurjón's suggestion he presented to the Association of Icelandic Artists to help finance its planned gallery. The works were purchased by the National Gallery of Iceland. The painting Tron II, which Jorn had given to Sigurjón Ólafsson when he was living in Denmark, was later donated to the National Gallery. 

By showing works by Asger Jorn in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland alongside selected works by Sigurjón Ólafsson from the same period, the intention is to open a dialogue which will throw light upon unexplored links between these influential artists. 

Birgitta Spur curator