International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus

The International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus was a small European avant-garde artistic tendency that arose out of the breakup of COBRA, and was initiated by contact between former COBRA member Asger Jorn and Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo of the Nuclear Art Movement.[1]

When Asger Jorn recovered from tuberculosis in the autumn of 1952, he tried for a year to restart his career in Denmark. However, in autumn 1953 he moved to Villars-sur-Ollon in Switzerland. It was here he heard of the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Ulm.[2] However, when he wrote to Max Bill with a proposal for collaboration, it soon became apparent that their views were highly divergent.[2] Jorn wrote in a letter to Enrico Baj: "[A] Swiss architect, Max Bill, has undertaken to restructure the Bauhaus where Klee and Kandinsky taught. He wishes to make an academy without painting, without research into the imagination, fantasy, signs, symbols – all he wants is technical instruction. In the name of experimental artists I intend to create an International Movement For An Imaginist Bauhaus."[3]



  1. ^ The Assault On Culture book by Stewart Home chapter on College of Pataphysics, Nuclear Art, IMIB
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Ruth Baumeister; Paul (2011). Fraternité avant tout. Asger Jorn's writings on art and architecture, 1938-1957. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij 010. ISBN 9789064507601.
  3. ^ Home, Stewart. The Assault on Culture. London: Unpopular Books.

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