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An insatiable passion for CoBrA

An insatiable passion for CoBrA

The European avant-garde art group was active from 1948 to 1951. Their name was coined in 1948 by Christian Dotremont, from the initials of the members’ home countries’ capital cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A).

CoBrA was formed by Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille, Christian Dotremont, Asger Jorn, and Joseph Noiret on 8 November 1948 in the Café Notre-Dame, Paris, with the signing of a manifesto, La cause était entendue (“The Case Was Settled”), drawn up by Dotremont. Formed with a unifying doctrine of complete freedom of colour and form, as well as antipathy towards Surrealism, the artists also shared an interest in Marxism as well as modernism.

The Marks CoBrA Collection

Golda and Meyer Marks had an insatiable passion for CoBrA, the avant-garde post-World War II art movement named for the primary cities of its origin, Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The adventuresome couple, long-time residents of Miami Beach, Florida, put together an extensive collection and assembled an archive
with an eye to establishing NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale as the center for the exhibition and study of Cobra art in America. They embarked on their journey
in 1962, made their first gift to the museum in 1978, and by 1989 had donated more than 1,500 works, the largest representation of this art movement in the United States.

CoBrA Collection is the first comprehensive publication of the Marks collection, and includes essays by many notable Cobra experts such as Katja Weitering, Willemijn Stokvis, Karen Kurczynski, Renée Steenbergen and Brenda Zwarand, plus the couple’s daughter Linda Nathan Marks.

Cobra Collection
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