MANIFESTATIONS DÉCENTRALISANTES ET UNIFICATIVES COBRA, La Louvière, Brussels; Salle de l’Emulation, Liége, 1950

Catalogue: Manifestations, Décentralisantes et Unificatives COBRA, Pour le contact, La Louvière Liège et Bruxelles, May 26June 9, 1950. Two exhibition openings are announced in the schedule.


Exhibition: l’Exposition Internationale CoBrA

Venue: Galerie Tendances contemporaines, Maison des Loisirs, La Louvière

Artists: K.O. Götz, R.A.D. Stolpe, Pierre Alechinsky, Hugo Claus, Welles, Christian Dotremont, Asger Jorn, C.H. Pedersen, Atlan, Óscar Domínguez, Jacques Doucet, Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhuys), Corneille, Carl-Otto Hulten, Max Walters Svanberg, Anders Österlin

Opening: May 26, 1950, 7 p.m.

Duration: May 26June 8, 1950

Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm


Exhibition: l’exposition du groupe expérimental de Liège Cobra-Réalité

Artists: Pol Bury, Collignon, Paul Franck, M. Leonard, L. Plomteux, Silvin

Venue: Salle de l’Emulation de l’Association pour le Progrès Intellectuel et Artistique de la Wallomie, Liège

Opening/Duration: May 27, 5 p.mJune 9, 1950

Further Information: The international artist group CoBrA was founded by Asger Jorn, Karel Appel,  Ernest Mancoba, and Constant Nieuwenhuys in Paris in 1948, and quickly expanded to include artists primarily from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The movement used methods such as naivety and deliberately childish styles, in opposition to the Surrealist painting style. Since animal imagery was common in their artistic practice, they used a snake as a reference for the group. CoBrA’s major exhibition was held  at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1949, under the title International Experimental Art. The group dissolved in 1951.


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Asger JornPol Bury

LE PETIT COBRA, NR. 3––a small catalogue published by the CoBrA artists in 1950.