The Cobra Museum is dedicated to the Cobra movement that originated from an interest and eagerness to recover a direct and spontaneous expression as the main engine of the artistic expression, away from academic rules and boundaries. In 1948, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, Constant Nieuwenhuys and many of their young contemporary peers, started the Cobra movement: the Cobra artists all strove to create a new, free and expressive art, rooted in experiment. Cobra would end up playing a highly important role in the artistic evolution in Europe in the second half of the 20th Century.
The Cobra Global program is designed in line with the mission of the Cobra Museum to present CoBrA’s cultural heritage worldwide and to keep it vital and relevant by creating a dialogue with other artists, art scenes and cultures.
November 28, 2016
Cobra Global is proud to have established meaningful connections with local partners during the last trip to Hong Kong. Amongst others, we are happy to collaborate with Art Basel Hong Kong for our upcoming exhibition in Hong Kong in 2018. This trip was combined with a first exploration of Shanghai and Beijing’s art scenes and institutions, where the Global team was met with enthusiastic responses from State-, University- and Private museums.
July 1, 2016
On the afternoon of Thursday 30 June, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened the Cobra Global exhibition at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. The exhibition’s opening marks the Netherlands’ handover of the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Slovakia. The exhibition, titled European Stars, shows more than 60 works of the Cobra group.
January 30, 2016
Cobra Global is always looking for new areas to expand to, and recently toured through Australia and New Zealand. One of the reasons to explore Oceania was the fact that the Cobra artists were highly inspired by Aboriginal and Maori artists. Our tour brought us to fantastic institutions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra (AUS), Auckland and Wellington (NZ). During this tour, we found many more relations and points of departure, and we are currently exploring those – for instance between Cobra and Australian Modernists. To be continued!
2016: Bratislava, Slovakia
2015: Muscat, Oman
2015: Sharjah, UAE
Sakip sabanci museum
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2016: Bratislava, Slovakia
From June 30 until November 9, more than 60 Cobra works were presented at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. The presentation, European Stars, was combined with a presentation of works by Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) and focused on the stylistic and methodological links between them. Miró and the Cobra group both experimented with a range of artistic styles. On the afternoon of Thursday 30 June Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the exhibition ‘European Stars: Miró and Cobra’ at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. The exhibition’s opening also marked the Netherlands’ handover of the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Slovakia.