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Lived/Active: Denmark/France      Known for: abstract, geometric sculpture, mixed-media painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Robert Jacobsen
1912 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
1993 (Tagelund, Denmark)


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Robert Julius Tommy Jacobsen (4 June 1912, Copenhagen - 26 January 1993, Tågelund) was a Danish sculptor and painter.

He lived in France from 1947 - 1969. From 1962 - 1981 he was professor at the Kunstakademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich.  In 1969 he moved to Tagelund, west of Egtved, Denmark.  From 1976 to 1985 he was professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen.  From 1986 to 1991, he worked with Jean Clareboudt to create a sculpture park at Tørskind Gravel Pit near Egtved and Vejle.  He worked closely together with his friend and son in law, Bernard Leauté.  Jacobsen also had a connection to Asger Jorn and the CoBrA artists, but he never was a member of their group.

He died in 1993 at home in Tågelund. The Danish Robert award was named after him.  It was planned to raise a 60 meter high sculpture in Copenhagen in the year 2012, financed by Robert Jacobsen's foundation, but the city council did not want the sculpture.

"... everyone, of course, must know with whom he is dealing.  A former badminton champion, a film actor, a former sailor, a whale butcher, an ex-barman, an antiquarian, a musician (jazz to be sure) a chaufeur, a confectioner and a croupler, a grandfather at thirty-seven, the Danish Robert Jacobsen is certainly one of the best sculptors of our time, a worthy successor of the Rumanian Brâncusi, of the Russian Pevsner, of the American Calder and of one or two others whom you may choose according to you tastes..."  Roger Bordier - Catalogue ?LE MOUVEMENT", Paris, 1955

Robert Jacobsen's art is represented, among others, in the following museums:
    ?    Musee d'Art Wallon (Liege, Belgium)
    ?    Museo de Arte Moderna (São Paulo, Brazil)
    ?    Von der Heydt Museum (Wuppertal, Germany)
    ?    Wilhelm Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
    ?    Lembruck Museum (Duisburg, Germany)
    ?    Sculptors Museum (Glaskasten, Marl, Germany)
    ?    "Kunsthalle" exhibition hall Kiel (Kiel, Germany)
    ?    Neue Pinakothek, (Munich, Germany)
    ?    town gallery Lenbachhouse (Munich, Germany)
    ?    "Kunsthalle" exhibition hall Emden donation Henri Nannen (Emden, Germany)
    ?    Didrichsenin taidemuseo (Helsinki, Finland)
    ?    Musee National d'Art Modern (Paris, France)
    ?    Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
    ?    Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture (Grenoble, France)
    ?    Musee des Beaux-Art (Rennes, France)
    ?    Fond National d'Art Contemporain (France)
    ?    Musee Rodin Paris (France)
    ?    Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    ?    Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, The Netherlands)
    ?    Nationalgalerie (Oslo, Norway)
    ?    Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
    ?    Musee des Beaux-Art (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland)
    ?    Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum (Budapest, Hungary)
    ?    Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, USA)
    ?    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA)
    ?    Fondation Herzog (New York, USA)
    ?    Carnegie Institute (Philadelphia, USA)


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

The Danish sculptor Robert Jacobsen was born in Kopenhagen on 4 June, 1912.  After finishing elementary school, which he attended between 1920-1926, he made ends meet by casual work. Jacobsen first had a completely auto-didactic artistic education, creating his forst wooden plastics in 1930. Then, in 1933, he started his training as a stonemason and wood carver.

In 1940, he presents his first exhibition.  Shortly after, Denmark was occupied by the German army, and Jacobsen joined the resistance movement.  He continued working as an artist after the war. 

In 1947 Jacobsen received an art scholarship in Paris, and he decided to stay in France for the next 22 years.  It was not before 1969 that Jacobsen returned to Denmark.  Between the years 1962 and 1981, Jacobsen worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, in 1976 he was appointed professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art where he gave lectures until 1985. 

After 1986 he worked with the French sculptor Jean Clareboudt in Tågelund, west of Egtved, where he had settled down after his return to Denmark. They created the sculpture park Tørskind Gravel Pit near Egtved and Vejle. T his project kept them occupied until 1991, they built several monumental sculptures made of steel, granite and wood. 

Two years later Jacobsen died at home in Tågelund on 26 January.

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