Albissola Marina, Italy
Casa Jorn is: nature, architecture, art, research
All the artistic expressions of Jorn in a single fantastic environment: wall paintings, ceramics collages from all periods, outdoor stone and marble sculptures. A garden overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, rich in floral species, plants and aromatic essences. An intertwining of sounds and natural scents, between the ancient bands and the colored walls.
Welcome to Asger Jorn's home
It was 1954 when Asger Jorn, an internationally renowned Danish painter, arrived in Albissola, together with his partner Matie and their 4 children. Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo of the Nuclear Art Movement invited him, thinking that the intellectual and human context of Albisola and the mild Mediterranean climate could have benefited Jorn's precarious health and economy. After having lived in several lodgings scattered around the town, in 1957 Jorn had the financial availability to buy that house that would become a real work of art. First he bought the house (east side) and, shortly after, the building used as a study (west side). Both the buildings and the land were in a state of neglect and neglect. With the help of Umberto (Berto) Gambetta, a skilled worker from Albania, in a few years the house, studio and garden were transformed into a welcoming, luxuriant place, full of life, art and poetry.
Space and matter for a total art
Jorn conceived art and architecture as an organic set of space, shapes, spontaneous, free and lively colors capable of improving the lives of people and the community. Jorn respected nature, animals, children and willingly shared with them and with friends the moments of celebration and relaxation that he alternated with tenacious artistic and intellectual commitment. Each work of art or decoration inside and outside the house was decided by Jorn. In the case of walls, floors and building works, the implementation was entrusted to Berto. The ceramics, sculptures and paintings were made directly by Jorn and installed with the help of Berto. To cover the outdoor floors, Giovanni Poggi (the potter of the San Giorgio factory where Jorn worked the ceramics) brought in a truck of colored tiles from the Ceramiche Artistiche of Santa Margherita Ligure. Berto brought, from the factory where he worked, some large ceramic electrical insulators, which Jorn used as pedestals to display his sculptures in the garden, or as tables on which to eat outdoors. Berto, helped by his nephew Angelo, leveled the land, built retaining walls for the terraces to be cultivated, maintained the vegetable garden, the orchard and the vineyard. He also renovated and modified the buildings, making them suitable for the needs of Jorn and his family.
In 1973, Asger Jorn bequeathed his house to the Municipality of Albissola Marina, with the desire that it could become a museum and a place of reference for the people of Albissola. After the death of Berto Gambetta and Teresa Saettone, usufructuaries of natural life during according to the testamentary indications of the Dane, and following a rapid obsolescence and deterioration of the garden, starting from 2000 a long and complex restoration and museumization operation began, which ended in 2014 with the reopening of the site as "Casa Museo Jorn".