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The Drawing Macbeth
Asger Jorn, 1942
Pen, Indian ink, pencil, 230 x 306 mm

The drawing Macbeth is characteristic in so far as myriads of figures spread across the whole picture plane. The drawing was probably intended as a sketch for a painting and was executed during a stay on the North Sea coast at Nr. Lyngby during the summer of 1942 where Asger Jorn had rented a small fisherman’s cottage together with his artist colleague Ejler Bille.with an ideal continuity. 

The motif expresses spontaneity, playfulness, experiment, all of which are significant themes in the works of Asger Jorn. 

Art and handwriting are the same. An image is written and handwriting is images. There is handwriting, a graphic element, in every image just as there is an image in every piece of handwriting. The border between art and handwriting is blurred in origin. Everything is a symbol of something.

—Quote by Asger Jorn · “The Prophetic Harps”, 1944


DOMICILECULTURE brings the renowned Danish artist Asger Jorn’s imaginative universe and colourful artworks to textiles. 

The jacquard woven fabric with artworkMacbethwas developed in connection the 100 year anniversary celebration of Asger Jorn's birth in 2014. The artwork fabric was introduced in connection with Danish architect Finn Juhl’s 75th anniversary of the ‘Pelican’ chair in 2015.

The exclusive artwork fabric concept  took 18 month of meticulous developments to complete due to the exceptional complexity of the drawing —and the task to create a fabric rapport with an ideal continuity. 

„To make an ideal fabric rapport we had to locate an ultimate placement of the drawing in various orientations as even a millimetre apart it would create unwanted lines and patterns within a pattern of patterns that already exist in Asger Jorn's imaginative drawing”. The artwork is enlarged 2,3 times for compared to the original drawing. 

The pelican 75 ‘ARTWORK EDITION’ was launched at the Milan ‘Salone del Mobile’ in 2015. A special ‘Artwork Edition’ catalogue was also made in collaboration with Danish furniture manufacture House of Finn Juhl · @houseoffinnjuhl 

Catalogue · Pelican 75 · Artwork Edition 

House of Finn Juhl · www.finnjuhl.com


Asger Jorn (1914-1973) is regarded by many as Denmark’s pre-eminent 20th-century artist. His spontaneous abstract style has achieved considerable international acclaim. Distinctly versatile, Asger Jorn worked as a painter, ceramic artist, draughtsman, graphic artist, sculptor, and writer. 

His imagery evolved throughout his artistic career. With his colourful and imaginative works, Asger Jorn both inspired and challenged his contemporaries. Play and spontaneity were characteristic of Jorn’s working method. So, too, were experimentation and the need to find new ways. 

Together with Danish and European fellow artists, Jorn attempted to unite the currents in modern European art with the Danish tradition. He was a member and co-founder of numerous artists’ groups, among others Høst, COBRA and, later on, Situationist International. He published periodicals and several books on topics such as aesthetics, philosophy, politics and history.

For more about Asger Jorn · www.museumjorn.dk

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