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Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom!

Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom! With the exhibition, the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen shows that Cobra was much more than the 'cheerful, colourful art movement' that it has become for the general public.

Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom!

Dates
Wed 6 Mar10:00 - 17:00
Thu 7 Mar10:00 - 17:00
Fri 8 Mar10:00 - 17:00
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Location
Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX Amstelveen
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Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom!

November 8, 2023, marks exactly 75 years since the Cobra movement was founded in Paris. Artists and poets from various European countries were members. The joy of total spiritual and artistic freedom and spontaneity was to counterbalance the nightmare of war. Cobra caused a big stir in the Netherlands. Newspapers talked about tampering, scrambling and cheating.

“We argued incessantly and disagreed on almost all points. But the collaboration was fruitful as long as we could sustain it. The point was that we wanted to understand each other in order to agree with each other. This attitude created an inspiring collaboration with a span that was incredibly broad.” Asger Jorn, in 1967.

The then-revolutionary Cobra movement is now anchored in European art history. Cobra is mainly associated with colourful, expressive-spontaneous painting that has influenced for a long time. With the exhibition, the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen shows that Cobra was much more than the 'cheerful, colourful art movement' that it has become for the general public.

The founders of the Cobra movement differ considerably in their ideas about the meaning of Cobra. For some, this meaning lies in Cobra's contribution to painterly developments; for others, in Cobra's spirit of absolute freedom; and for others, in the collaborations between the members and the cross-pollination between poets and painters. One thing is sure: there has never been a consensus about the meaning of Cobra. The character of Cobra is perhaps determined by the contradictions and disagreements between its members, something that gives Cobra its vitality.

This exhibition focuses on the diverse, sometimes contradictory perspectives on Cobra. In selecting approximately 90 works and archival materials, the emphasis is on the period when the movement officially existed, 1948-1951, but work from earlier and later dates is also included.

Dates and times

Tuesday 5 March10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 6 March10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 7 March10:00 - 17:00

Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom!

Dates
Wed 6 Mar10:00 - 17:00
Thu 7 Mar10:00 - 17:00
Fri 8 Mar10:00 - 17:00
More dates
Location
Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX Amstelveen
show in Google Maps
Contact