The catalogue that explores the relationship between Italy and the movement named after the capitals of the three countries it involved: Copenaghen, Brussels and Amsterdam.
From 1948 to 1951, Cobra united poets and painters from the Danish, Belgian and Dutch avanguard. A convergence at a crucial moment in European art history that is now fully appreciated. What is less well-known is what happened after the group broke up, and the vital role played by the Italian town Albissola with its ceramics factories. One of the prime movers in Cobra, Asger Jorn, moved here during the fifties and dedicated himself to ceramics and organising a series of international meetings for artists. This sparked a new series of exchanges that were to influence Belgian artists like Vandercam and Alechinsky and Italians like Baj and Dangelo from the Nuclear Art Movement. The catalogue examines these little-known aspects of art history and discovers new connections between ceramics and painting in the Cobra movement.