Press - Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst


Welcome to the press page of Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen. Press material (press releases, press image overview) from the exhibitions can be found here. The press image overview shows which images are available and can be used royalty-free (unless otherwise indicated) during the exhibition, provided that the correct captions and copyrights are included. These photographs can only be used for editorial (and non-commercial) purposes, such as a review or promotion of the exhibition.

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Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen

The Cobra Museum focuses on the art and ideas of the Cobra movement. Cobra is part of the canon of art history, but the ‘spirit’ of Cobra is still very much alive. An alternative culture, based on international solidarity and creativity, is perhaps more relevant than ever in the world we live in today. The Cobra Museum therefore actively links the collection and history of Cobra to contemporary artists, modern art movements and current affairs.


Cobra 75: Danish Modern Art

Henry Heerup, Krig og fred, 1945, Privé collectie, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum. Foto: Ralf T. Søndergaard, c/o Pictoright 2023

We Kiss the Earth. Danish modern art 1934-1948

The exhibition gives an overview of the most important developments in Danish art in the years before, during and immediately after World War II, up to the founding of Cobra. Almost all of the 100 artworks in the exhibition are from Danish museums, who are lending masterpieces from their collections to the Cobra Museum.

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Gallery views

Sonja Ferlov, Maske (Krigens udbrud) (Masker, Uitbraak van oorlog), 1939, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, c/o Pictoright 2023

Je est un autre – Ernest Mancoba & Sonja Ferlov

The exhibition showcases the works of South African-born sculptor and painter Ernest Mancoba (1904-2002) and Danish-born sculptor Sonja Ferlov (1911-1984). Both were involved at the founding of the Cobra movement in Denmark, albeit from the sidelines. In 2019, Centre Pompidou in Paris presented two retrospectives of their oeuvre and in the same year the Statens Museum of Art in Copenhagen showed an overview of Sonja Ferlov. This exhibition at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, brings over 60 of their works together in an intimate overview to mark the Cobra 75 anniversary year.

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Ovartaci (Louis Marcussen), Zonder titel (Sommerfuglepige, Vlindermeisje), ongedateerd, privé collectie. Foto: Ole Akhøj

Becoming Ovartaci

The exhibition Becoming Ovartaci at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, unveils and presents the astonishing story of the art and life of the Danish artist Ovartaci. An extraordinary art historical tale, taking place in the periphery of the Cobra movement (1948-1951).

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Photo: Studio Tromp, c/o Pictoright 2023

Freedom without Borders
From Appel to Van Gogh

In 2023, the 75th anniversary of the international Cobra movement will be the reason for the Cobra Museum to exhibit masterpieces by Appel, Constant, Corneille, Jorn, Picasso, Beckmann, Basquiat, Klee, Míro and Munch, along with contemporary artists such as Meese and Brown. It shows the close relationship and the universal character of Cobra with the ideas and expressions of artists over the
years. In a comprehensive overview of 120 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs and ceramics, the public is invited to compare the work of a large number of Cobra artists and to make connections with related artists who worked before, simultaneously or thereafter.

Press release  anniversary programme Cobra 75


Pablo Picasso, Gezicht met groene neus, 1968 met dank aan Expona c/o Pictoright 2023

The other Picasso – Back to the Origin

The year 2023 also marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and this is celebrated in France and Spain. The Cobra Museum also pays attention to this with a presentation. In his career, Picasso repeatedly goes back to his childhood and his cultural background, in which dance and theatre play a major role. He was also a source of inspiration for many Cobra artists. “Every child is an artist” is one of his most famous sayings. This careful selection shows the master’s hand in which experimentation is not shunned in drawings, ceramics and etchings.