Culture Round-Up: Recent changes to Asger Jorn’s painting terrify the museum, but would the artist approve of it himself?

In his series ‘Modifications’, which stretched over the late 1950s and early 60s, the Danish situationist artist Asger Jorn bought kitschy paintings from flea markets and added his own graffiti: abstract or grotesque drawings, some times even added beard or mustache, along with scribbled text.

At the time, it was perceived as a critique of the avant-garde movement with which he was often associated – especially with the international Cobra movement.

So maybe he would have some sympathy with the 44-year-old artist who made an addition to one of his works at Museum Jorn in .

The difference, of course, is that Jorn made changes to the shit he found in markets, while his 1959 painting, ‘The Troubled Duckling’, though still shit, is worth millions of dollars. Or so it was.

Mke it a double
The ‘artist’ in question, Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard, signed her name and used copious amounts of glue to put her resemblance on the painting. She was arrested and then released after questioning. Fees are expected.

After her release, she went to to write: “I just visited the Jorn Museum in Silkeborg and made a double modification. I have mounted a picture of myself on top of the famous duckling. It is glued on. In addition, I have signed the work, as it is now an Ibi-Pippi work and not an Asger Jorn. ”

It is believed that Orup, who recently underwent a legal gender reassignment to become a woman without physical changes, was then in the company of the provocative artist Uwe Max Jensen.

In a video, you can hear Jensen complain that Ibi-Pippi did not show his penis inside the museum.

Shaken and disturbed
Jacob Thage, museum director at Museum Jorn, told DR that he is “quite shaken” by the incident. The glue will be very difficult to remove, he said, and it is doubtful whether the painting can be saved.

“It is one of the very well-known Jorn modifications. It is one of his five most important works, and it is an internationally recognized work. A national treasure, ”Thage told DR.

Peter Beck, valuation manager from the auction house Bruun Rasmussen in , confirms that ‘The troubled duckling’ is one of the most famous paintings of its kind – primarily because of its reference to HC Andersen – and that it would bring in more than a million kroner by sale.

Presumably as a ‘co-artist’, Ibi-Pippi Orup will argue that she should be entitled to a cut in the proceeds.

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Source: The Nordic Page

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