COBRA summer 1949 Denmark – 17 collective paintings on ceiling

COBRA Sommer 1949 Danmark – 17 kollektivt udført malerier på værelsesloft.

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA Congress 1949 in architect house “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregneroed, North Sealand, Denmark.

Asger Jorn, Cobra Ceiling, 1949. Sophienholm

COBRA CEILING from “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregnerød, North Sealand Denmark. painting by Asger Jorn, Cobra Ceiling, 1949. Sophienholm

COBRA Movement was established 8. november 1948 in Paris as en international artists union of painters, writers and architects.

COBRA – stand for:

CO = Copenhagen, BR = Bruxelles and A = Amsterdam and has its artistic roots from spontaneous abstract expression.

COBRA includes political, social and ethnological observations from more than 50 artists in 10 countries.

The main artists and founders of COBRA were:

Asger Jorn from Denmark, Constant from Holland and Christian Dotremont from Belgium.

Most famous participants were: Pierre Alechinsky, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Karel Appel and Corneille.

Summer 1949 about 15 artists with wives and children were on a COBRA CONGRESS in an architect house “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregnerød owned by Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen School of Architecture).

As a experiment they painted “collective paintings” on walls and ceilings of the architect house “Frederiksholm-cottage”, Bregnerød, North Sealand, Denmark.

Plate telling the story about COBRA Summer Congress 1949 and the collective paintings on walls and ceilings in “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregnerød, North Sealand, Denmark:

Click on the photo and use your zoom control and you see it full screen size and can read the text in danish.

Plate about architect House

Plate about architect house “Frederiksholm” build 1936-37 in Bregnerød, North Sealand, Denmark and the story about Cobra Summer Congress 1949 and the collective paintings on walls and ceilings of the cottage. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

In 1969 the “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregnerød was removed and 

today only 17 paintings on one of the ceilings in “Frederiksholm-cottage” are preserved. 

This 17 paintings you can see as a permanent exhibition on Sophienholm, Lyngby – 10 km. north of Copenhagen, Denmark:

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød:

17 paintings by

from Denmark Asger Jorn, Vibeke Alfelt, Mogens jessen, Erling Jørgensen, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Alfred H. Lilliendahl og Mogens Balle,

from Sweden Anders Østerlin and C.O. Hultén:

Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark.

The Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage. Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

The Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage. Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Click on the photos and use your zoom control and you see them in full screen size.

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød:

Sophienholm, Lyngby.

Paintings by Asger Jorn (left), Carl-Henning Pedersen (middle) and Anders Østerlin (right):

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. At left painting by Asger Jorn, Middle by Carl-henning Pedersen and right Anders Østerlin from Sweden. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. At left painting by Asger Jorn, Middle by Carl-Henning Pedersen and right Anders Østerlin from Sweden. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød, North Sealand, Denmark:

Sophienholm. Lyngby.

Paintings by C. O. Hultén (left), Vibeke Alfelt (middle) and Mogens Jessen (right):

Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød. Sophienholm,Lyngby.Paintings at left C. O . Hultén from Sweden, middle Vibeke Alfelt and right Mogens Jessen. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød. Sophienholm,Lyngby.Paintings at left C. O . Hultén from Sweden, middle Vibeke Alfelt and right Mogens Jessen. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregerød, North Sealand, Denmark:

Sophienholm, Lyngby.

4 paintings by Anders Østerlin from Sweden.

Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregenrød, North Sealand, Denmark. Sophienholm , Lyngby. Paintings. left to right by painter Anders Østerlin from Sweden. Photo febrauary 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Cobra Ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregenrød, North Sealand, Denmark. Sophienholm , Lyngby. Paintings: left to right all 4 by painter Anders Østerlin from Sweden. Photo febrauary 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød:

Sophienholm, Lyngby:

3 paintings by Erling Jørgensen (left), Alfred H. Lilliendahl (middle) and C. O . Hultén (right):

COBRA ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød. 3 painting by at left Erling Jørgensen, middleAlfred H. Lilliendahl and at right C. O. Hultén. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød. 3 painting by at left Erling Jørgensen, middle Alfred H. Lilliendahl and at right C. O. Hultén. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm cottage in Bregnerød:

Sophienholm. Lyngby, Denmark.

Click on the photos and use your zoom control and you see them in full screen size.

Paintings by Anders Østerlin (left), Erling Jørgensen (middle) and Mogens Balle (right):

Cobra ceiling from Frederiksholm,-cottage in Bregnerød. Paintingd at left Anders Østerlin, middle Erling Jørgensen and at right Mogens >Balle. >Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Cobra ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød. Paintings: at left Anders Østerlin, middle Erling Jørgensen and at right Mogens Balle. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød, North Sealand, Denmark:

Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark:

2 paintings by Anders Østerlin from Sweden:

Cobra ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød, North Sealand, denmark. Sophiemholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Paintings: left and right Anders Østerlin. Middle: empty. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Cobra ceiling from Frederiksholm-cottage in Bregnerød, North Sealand, denmark. Sophiemholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Paintings: left and right Anders Østerlin. Middle: empty. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

The COBRA CEILING from “Frederiksholm-cottage” in Bregnerød moved to Sophienholm, Lyngby in 1970:

COBRA CEILIN from Frederiksholm-cottage builded 1936-37 and rived down 1969 and the ceiling with 17 COBRA paintings was moved to Sophienholm, Lyngby in 1970 as a permanent exhibition. Photo january 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

COBRA CEILING from Frederiksholm-cottage builded 1936-37 and rived down 1969 and the ceiling with 17 COBRA paintings was moved to Sophienholm, Lyngby in 1970 as a permanent exhibition. Photo january 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark.

Winter, february 2015

Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark. Photo february 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Text and photos Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2015

All rights reserved

Melby, North Sealand, Denmark, 23. february 2015

Best wishes

Erik

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