[ 27 METRES OF CERAMICS ON ÅRHUS STATSGYMNASIUM]

27 METRES OF CERAMICS ON ÅRHUS STATSGYMNASIUM

In 1959, a freight train from Italy arrived in Aarhus. One of the wagons was loaded with 1,200 hand-made ceramic tiles – equivalent to eight tonnes of clay. The tiles were for a 27-metre-long relief created by Asger Jorn (1914-73) at a workshop in Northern Italy for Århus Statsgymnasium. Four years earlier Jorn had been less than keen to undertake this building decoration project commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation for the sixth-form college. Jorn did not care for the college building's Modernist, rectilinear architecture by Johan Richter and Arne Gravers. Yet after much to-ing and fro-ing, he eventually accepted the commission, and Jorn's three-part wall relief proved a fascinating counterbalance to the strict, clean lines of its setting.

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