Lucebert 1924-1994

Permanent repræsenteret hos Heede & Moestrup / Always represented at Gallery Heede & Moestrup -

Lucebert -


Originallitografi i farver 1986, trykt på Arches papir 76 x 56 cm.

100 eksemplarer signeret og nummereret.

Den internationale udsalgspris er 400€

LUCEBERT (1924-1994), digter, maler og medlem af COBRA-gruppen.

Lucebert, der revolutionerede hollandsk poesi, er i Danmark nok kun kendt som maler.

I 1949 deltog han i den første COBRA-udstilling på Stedelijk Museum i Amsterdam

og han udviklede i årene frem til sin tidlige død i 1994 et grotesk udtryk, åndsbeslægtet

med stilen hos kunstnere som Dubuffet og Saura.

Luceberts grafisk produktion var lille og grafiske værker er følgelig sjældne.

LUCEBERT, Lubertus J. Swaanswijk

born 1924 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
died 1994

The Dutch painter Lucebert changed his name from Lubertus S. Swaanswijk to Lucebert. Although he did not participate in any of the Cobra exhibitions as an artist, he played an important role within the group, being the master of ceremonies and giving poetical performances during the group exhibitions.

Lucebert combined poetry with painting as is illustrated in the eight books he made during the years 1949-51. These works have been published in all publications relating to Cobra or Dutch experimental art. In the 50´s strongly under the influence of Cobra, Lucebert directs his creativity more and more to painting.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Birth name Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk
Born September 15, 1924(1924-09-15)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died May 10, 1994 (aged 69)
Alkmaar, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Field Poetry, painting
Movement CoBrA

Lucebert (Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk) (September 15, 1924- May 10, 1994) was a Dutch artist who first became known as the poet of the COBRA movement.

He was born in Amsterdam in 1924. He entered the Institute for Arts and Crafts in 1938 and took part in the first exhibition of the COBRA group at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1949.

He died on 10 May 1994 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.

The pronunciation of the name Lucebert is as in Italian, [ˈlut∫əbɛrt], with the stress on the first syllable.


Lucebert's talent was discovered when he started working for his father after school. After half a year of art school, he chose to be homeless between 1938 and 1947. In 1947, a Franciscan convent offered him a roof over his head, in exchange for a huge mural painting. Because the nuns could not appreciate his work, they had it painted over with white paint entirely.

He belonged to the Dutch literary movement of De Vijftigers. They were highly influenced by the European avant-garde movement COBRA. So was Lucebert, especially in his early work. His art reflects a rather pessimistic view on the world.

His strong personality appealed to many. As a poet he laid foundation for a revolutionary innovation of Dutch poetry.

Most of his poems were collected in Gedichten 1948-1965. After this period of writing poetry, he worked mostly on visual arts, that was called figurative-expressionist from the Sixties.

Lucebert's sentence "Alles van waarde is weerloos" ("All things of value are defenceless") on a building in Rotterdam

Well known is his line "Alles van waarde is weerloos" (All things of value are defenceless) from the poem De zeer oude zingt (The very old sings).[1] This line was put on top of the office building of an insurance company in Rotterdam (near the Blaak station) in neon letters, including his name, in the 1980s or earlier. It wasn't the first but certainly the most prominent and today three more buildings in the area feature such writing on the wall. The city's central library is just across the street and reads "Heel de wereld is mijn vaderland - Erasmus", all the world is my fatherland - Erasmus.


  • 1949 - International Exhibition of Experimental Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1959 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1961 - Stedelijk van Abbe-Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1963 - Staedtlische Kunstgalerie, Bochum, Germany
  • 1963 - Marlborough New London Gallery, London
  • 1964 - Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
  • 1964 - Documenta 111, Kassel, Germany
  • 1969 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 1969 - Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland - with Karel Appel and Tajiri
  • 1977 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1982 - Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
  • 1983 - Kunstverein Hochrhein, Bad Säckingen, Germany
  • 1984 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1985 - Rai, Kunstmesse Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1987 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1988 - Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Kunstverein Freiburg i.Br., Germany
  • 1988 - Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1989 - Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
  • 1989 - Städtische Kunstgalerie, Bochum, Germany
  • 1989 - Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen, Switzerland


  • 1954 - prize for literature from the city of Amsterdam
  • 1959 - "Mediterranean Prize" of the Paris Biennale
  • 1962 - 2nd "Marzotto Prize"
  • 1964 - "Carlo Cardazzo" prize at the 32nd Biennale in Venice, Italy
  • 1965 - "Constantijn Huygens Prize"
  • 1968 - "P.C. Hooftprijs" - the highest Dutch Governmental prize for literature
  • 1983 - "Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren" for Dutch literature

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