Skandinavisk Institut for Sammenlignende Vandalisme. Silkeborg, Denmark: Emil Stechers Bogtrykkeri, 1966. Offset. Saddle-stapled. [8 pp]. 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. Text in Danish. Very good. Item #6886
Rare annual report from the Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism, the brainchild of Danish artist Asger Jorn, a founding member of the Situationist International and COBRA.
Jorn worked with Guy Debord on his earliest artist books and influenced Debord’s theories early in his career. Although Jorn dissociated himself from the Situationists in 1961, much of the Institute’s ideological framework was informed by Situationism. The Institute set out to produce a series of books on ancient and medieval Scandinavian folk art titled 10,000 Years of Scandinavian Folk Art. While these volumes were never completed, the body of research Jorn compiled, including over 20,000 photographs of Nordic folk art in churches, museums, and landscapes by French photographer Gerard Franceschi, constitute a vast archive of ancient art.
Scarce ephemera from an artist and thinker closely associated with the Situationists, produced just a few years after his departure from the SI.