An Artist Who Attacked an Asger Jorn Portray in a Denmark Museum Apologizes for Unintentionally Utilizing Such a Sturdy Glue


The Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark, is within the strategy of restoring The Disquieting Duckling (1959), a portray by artist Asger Jorn that was vandalized late final month. The perpetrator, Danish artist Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard, glued {a photograph} of herself onto the portray and signed her title in black everlasting marker. 

Ibi-Pippi, who was arrested shortly afterward, took to Fb on the identical day to clarify that the additions have been meant as a touch upon Jorn’s strategies. To make the unique work, Jorn discovered a pastoral panorama portray at a flea market and painted over it a big, garishly coloured duck. This methodology, typical of his work, is named “détournement.” Ibi-Pippi defined in her submit that the additions have been meant as a “double modification” of Jorn’s authentic “modification” 

Asger Jorn's <i>The Disquieting Duckling</i> (1959) after it was vandalised by Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard on April 29. Ibi-Pippi signed her name in black permanent marker. Courtesy of Museum Jorn.

Asger Jorn’s The Disquieting Duckling (1959) after it was vandalized by Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard on April 29. Ibi-Pippi signed her title in black everlasting marker. Courtesy of Museum Jorn.

The museum’s director, Jacob Thage, advised Artnet Information that the restorers arrived shortly to the scene and have been capable of take away many of the glue, however are nonetheless deciding easy methods to take away a piece that had already dried.

“We hope for a full restoration however we have no idea but,” Thage stated, including that restorers have predicted the work may take months. The older paint on the canvas, from earlier than Jorn’s additions, is especially fragile. 

Ibi-Pippi claims to have unintentionally used the incorrect tube of glue, having meant to use a extra mild adhesive. She advised the Danish station TV 2 East Jutland, “I’m sorry that the work was mutilated to the extent it was.”

Explaining her motivations to TV 2 East Jutland, Ibi-Pippi, who makes use of her first title and feminine pronouns since stating that she identifies as “a lesbian girl trapped in a person’s physique,” stated that the act was meant to spark a dialog round possession.

“Many consider that it’s Jorn who has possession however I utterly disagree,” she stated. “Jorn had bought the work and thus had a authorized proper to the picture, however he had no inventive proper to delete one other artist’s work. Not more than I’ve to delete his work.”

Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard vandalised Asger Jorn's <i>The Disquieting Duck</i> at the Museum Jorn on April 29. Courtesy of Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard.

Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard vandalized Asger Jorn’s The Disquieting Duck (1959) on the Museum Jorn on April 29. Courtesy of Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard.

It has been instructed that the act was meant as a right-wing provocation after it was live-streamed on the Fb web page Patrioterne Går Reside, which interprets as “patriots go reside.” The video reveals that the right-wing artist Uwe Max Jensen was current on the museum with Ibi-Pippi. Final yr, Jensen precipitated appreciable controversy with a efficiency by which he utilized blackface and appeared to imitate the demise of George Floyd on the Polish state museum’s “Political Artwork” exhibition. 

Ibi-Pippi now faces fees of destroying museum property. She advised the TV station, “I stand by my actions, and I stand by the authorized penalties.”

The portray was not hung behind protecting glass, however the “act of vandalism will power us to rethink the presentation,” Thage stated. “We’ve got at all times tried to current our assortment because it was meant by the artists, however the usage of artwork for [attracting] consideration or private promotion will change our method.”

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