NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – WAR HORSES „HELHESTEN“

exhibition on view at NSU Art Museum; photo by Steven Brooke

WAR HORSES: HELHESTEN AND THE DANISH AVANT-GARDE DURING WORLD WAR II is the current exhibition at the NSU Museum in Florida.
War horses was an avant-garde art group and journal in denmark during the 2nd world war with members amongst others Carl-Henning Pedersen, Else Alfelt, Ejler Bille, Henry Heerup, Egill Jacobsen and Asger Jorn.
The topics where artistic freedom and challenge of Nazi propaganda and the Danish government’s policy of cooperation with Germany.
The style of this movement was inspired by folks and children’s art and painted in bright colors.
One of the most famous essays in the journal helhesten was „Intimate Banalities“ from Asger Jorn which claimed that the future of art was kitsch and praised amateur landscape paintings.
Later many of the helhesten artists became part of the CoBrA art movement.