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Cobra and North Africa

The exhibition ‘Cobra and North Africa’ shows work by Cobra artists who have been influenced by the art and culture of North African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Shortly after the Second World War, interest in tribal art, including from Africa, revives. Not only Picasso is inspired by African masks in his work, but the Cobra artists are also captivated by the imagery of tribal art, which can be seen in museums and other places. The urge arises to visit the countries where this art comes from. Asger Jorn, Anton Rooskens and Corneille actually travel to North African countries. Asger Jorn even settles in Tunisia for a number of months. The impressions the artists gain during their travels, permeate their paintings, sculptures and texts.

‘Cobra and North Africa’ shows work from the museum collection in which these influences are visible. The exhibition can be seen until 20 November 2022.

Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst
Sandbergplein 1, 1181 ZX Amstelveen
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 547 50 50

Anton Rooskens,Afrikasymbolen, 1958

Anton Rooskens, Afrika Symbolen, 1958
Oil on canvas, 106 x 122 cm