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Joan Jonas (b. 1936)



June 1, 2010
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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JOAN JONAS AMERICAN B.1936 MELANCHOLIA (PART OF THE SHAPE THE SCENT THE FEEL OF THINGS) 2004/2005 single channel colour video, continuous loop edition 2/5 + 2 AP duration: 5 min. 11 sec.


Some recent solo exhibitions
MoMA, New York 2009, 'Performance 7: Mirage by Joan Jonas'
Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart 2009, 'Begin Again'
Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva 2008
Yvon Lambert, New York 2007

Some recent group exhibitions
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2009
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2009
Vancouver Art Gallery 2008
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 2007
Tate Modern, London 2005


Selected publications
Clara Plasencia, Joan Jonas: timelines, transparencies in a dark room, Barcelona: MACBA 2007
Karen Kelly (ed.), Joan Jonas: the shape, the scent, the feel of things, New York: Dia Art Foundation 2006
Valerie Smith, Joan Jonas: five works, New York: Queens Museum 2005

Selected public and corporate collections
MoMA, New York, US • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, CA • Vancouver Art Gallery, CA • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, AU • Kiasma, Helsinki, FI • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR • Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, FR • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, GR • Montevideo/ Time Based Arts, Amsterdam, NL • MACBA, Barcelona, ES • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE


donated by the artist


Joan Jonas is a significant figure in American post-war contemporary art. The artist works in several mediums including: performance, installation, video art, sculpture, filmmaking, photography and painting. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1958 and her MFA from Columbia University in 1965. Jonas teached at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2009 the artist was awarded the Guggenheim's first annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Jonas has had retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art, New York (2003), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (2000), and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (1994). Joan Jonas has been represented in Documenta V, VI, VII in Kassel. She was commissioned to develop an installation and a subsequent performance entitled Lines in the Sand for Documenta XI. It was recreated at the Tate Modern in London, and the Kitchen in New York in 2004. Jonas has also exhibited in solo shows or performed at institutions such as: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna; Dia: Beacon, Beacon, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Le Plateau and Jeu de Paume / Hotel de Sully, Paris; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Joan Jonas is a former advisor at the Rijksakademie, now visiting again.

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Global Contemporary, Rijksakademie

June 1, 2010, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands