biography

Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York, where she lives and works.

Jonas is one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance. Beginning in the 1960s, she placed female subjectivity at the center of her work, employing a complex linguistic repertoire including gestures, storytelling and images in movement.

A tireless experimenter, Jonas explores the possibilities inherent to the interdisciplinary nature of art, a characteristic that has made her a point of reference for a young generation of artists. Over time, she has established an intense relationship of exchange in collaborations with visual artists such as Peter Campus and Richard Serra, the performer Ragani Haas and musicians Alvin Curran and Jason Moran.

The continuous renewal and transpositions of the media Jonas experiments with sources from fairy tales to essays, from myths to local folklore and relate newly to contemporary life, both poetically and politically.

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Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York, where she lives and works.

Jonas is one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance. Beginning in the 1960s, she placed female subjectivity at the center of her work, employing a complex linguistic repertoire including gestures, storytelling and images in movement.

A tireless experimenter, Jonas explores the possibilities inherent to the interdisciplinary nature of art, a characteristic that has made her a point of reference for a young generation of artists. Over time, she has established an intense relationship of exchange in collaborations with visual artists such as Peter Campus and Richard Serra, the performer Ragani Haas and musicians Alvin Curran and Jason Moran.

The continuous renewal and transpositions of the media Jonas experiments with sources from fairy tales to essays, from myths to local folklore and relate newly to contemporary life, both poetically and politically.

In 2021 Dia Beacon devoted an important personal exhibition to her. In 2019, the Art Gallery of the University of the City of Kyoto presented Five Rooms For Kyoto: 1972-2019, Jonas’ largest solo exhibition in Japan. In 2018 Tate Modern organized a major retrospective exhibition (later travelled at the Haus der Kunst, Munich), alongside a program of performances and screenings. Her retrospectives have been shown in the following museums: HangarBicocca, Milan (2014), Queens Museum of Art, New York (2003), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (2000), and at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1994).

In 2015 Jonas represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale. In 2009, the artist received the Guggenheim’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. She took part in Documenta V, VI, VII in Kassel, Germany. For Documenta XI Jonas created and enacted a performance entitled Lines in the Sand. The same performance was then recreated at the Tate Modern in London, and at the Kitchen in New York in 2004.

Jonas has also had solo exhibitions and performances at the following museums: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna; Fundacion Botin, Santander, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ​​Barcelona; Le Plateau and Jeu de Paume / Hotel de Sully, Paris; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago.

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Installations

Stream or River Flight or Pattern II, 2016

Multimedia installation: tinted walls, wall drawings, 2 video projections

Dimensions variable

Stream or River Flight or Pattern II, 2016 (video still)

Multimedia installation: tinted walls, wall drawings, 2 video projections

Dimensions variable

Stream or River Flight or Pattern II, 2016 (video still)

Multimedia installation: tinted walls, wall drawings, 2 video projections

Dimensions variable

Reading Dante IV, 1976/2010

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 7, Milan, 2010

Multimedia installation: 4 videos, 3 wall drawings, 2 tables with plexiglass, 2 benches, 1 chalkboard, 1 hanging lamp, 2 floor lamps, 15 drawings

Dimensions variable

Reading Dante IV, 1976/2010

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 7, Milan, 2010

Multimedia installation: 4 videos, 3 wall drawings, 2 tables with plexiglass, 2 benches, 1 chalkboard, 1 hanging lamp, 2 floor lamps, 15 drawings

Dimensions variable

Reading Dante IV, 1976/2010

Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 7, Milan, 2010

Multimedia installation: 4 videos, 3 wall drawings, 2 tables with plexiglass, 2 benches, 1 chalkboard, 1 hanging lamp, 2 floor lamps, 15 drawings

Dimensions variable

Video works

Flawless Decoys, 2017

Single-channel video (color, sounds)

24' 07" looped

FUTURE LOT: Reading Dante, 2008

Video

6' 25"

Mirror Improvisation, 2005

Single-channel video (color, sounds)

6' 33" looped

Wolf Lights, 2004-2005

Single-channel video (color, sounds)

2' 49" looped

Drawings

Untitled, 2017

oil stick on paper

97,1 × 69,85 cm; 107 × 94,4 cm framed

Untitled from Reanimation performance, 2014

Chalk on paper

76,5 × 56,7 cm; 82,8 × 62,7 × 4 cm framed

Untitled from Reanimation performance, 2014

Oil stick on paper

76,5 × 56,5 cm; 83 × 62,8 × 4 cm framed

Untitled from Reanimation performance, 2014

Ink on paper

74,5 × 105 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

21 × 30 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

21 × 30 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

29,3 × 20,5 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

29 × 20 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

29,5 × 20 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

28 × 39 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

21 × 30 cm

Untitled, 2015

Ink on paper

30 × 30 cm

Untitled from Reanimation performance, 2014

Chalk on paper

126 × 106 cm; 134,5 × 113,8 cm framed

Untitled from Reanimation performance, 2014

Chalk on paper

126 × 106 cm

Reading Dante III, Philadelphia # 1, 2010

Ink on paper

25 × 32 cm; 29,5 × 36,5 cm framed

Reading Dante III, Philadelphia # 3, 2010

Ink on paper

25 × 32 cm; 29,5 × 36,5 cm framed

Reading Dante III, Philadelphia # 5, 2010

Ink on paper

25 × 32 cm; 29,5 × 36,5 cm framed

Reading Dante III, Philadelphia # 8, 2010

Ink on paper

25 × 32 cm; 29,5 × 36,5 cm framed

public exhibitions

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Madrid

Moving Off the Land IV

23.11.2021 – 1.2.2023

Photo: Roman Lores

Fondazione Ratti

Como, Italy

Antonio's dream

10.10.2021 – 20.2.2022

Photo: Agostino Osio

Dia:Beacon

Beacon, NY, USA

Joan Jonas

8.10.2021

Joan Jonas, installation view, Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York, 2021. © Joan Jonas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Dia:Beacon

Beacon, NY, USA

Joan Jonas

8.10.2021

Joan Jonas, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things (2004), installation view, Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York, 2021. © Joan Jonas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Pavilhão da Bienal

São Paulo

Though it’s dark, still I sing

4.9.2020 – 5.12.2021

Photo: Levi Fanan

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Pavilhão da Bienal

São Paulo

Though it’s dark, still I sing

4.9.2020 – 5.12.2021

Photo: Levi Fanan

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

São Paulo

Joan Jonas: Five Decades

15.10.2020 – 8.2.2021

Photo: Levi Fanan

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Joan Jonas: Five Decades

15.10.2020 – 8.2.2021

Photo: Levi Fanan

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Madrid

Moving Off the Land II

25.2 – 18.5.2020

Photo: Roberto Ruiz

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Madrid

Moving Off the Land II

25.2 – 18.5.2020

Roberto Ruiz

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA

Kyoto

Joan Jonas. Five Rooms For Kyoto: 1972–2019

14.12.2019 – 2.2.2020

Photo by Takeru Koroda, courtesy of Kyoto City University of Arts

ROHM Theatre

Kyoto

Joan Jonas. Reanimation

12.12 – 12.12.2019

Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue, courtesy of ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Porto

Joan Jonas

25.5 – 1.9.2019

Photo: Courtesy of Serralves © Filipe Braga

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Porto

Joan Jonas

25.5 – 1.9.2019

Photo: Courtesy of Serralves © Filipe Braga

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Porto

Joan Jonas

25.5 – 1.9.2019

Photo: Courtesy of Serralves © Filipe Braga

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis

The Body Electric

30.3 – 21.7.2019

Photo: Bobby Rogers. Courtesy: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Ocean Space

Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Venice

Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land II

24.3 – 29.9.2019

Copyright: © Photo Enrico Fiorese, TBA21-Academy

Ocean Space

Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Venice

Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land II

24.3 – 29.9.2019

Copyright: © Photo Enrico Fiorese, TBA21-Academy

Remai Modern

Saskatoon

Joan Jonas: Videos

26.2 – 26.5.2019

Photo: Blaine Campbell

Remai Modern

Saskatoon

Joan Jonas: Videos

26.2 – 26.5.2019

Photo: Blaine Campbell

Remai Modern

Saskatoon

Joan Jonas: Videos

26.2 – 26.5.2019

Photo: Blaine Campbell

Fenway Gallery

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston

Joan Jonas: I Know Why They Left,

23.1 – 30.10.2019

Photo: © Stewart Clements/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

TATE Modern

London

They Come to Us without a Word II

14.3 – 5.8.2018


Photo: Moira Ricci

TATE Modern

London

Joan Jonas

14.3 – 5.8.2018

Photo: Thomas Müller

TATE Modern

Joan Jonas

14.3 – 5.8.2018

Photo: Serafina Neville

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Promise of the Infinite: Joan Jonas and the Mirror

17.7.2018 – 16.6.2019

Photo: © Laura Shea

press

Shifting Spaces

Max Glauner

Kunstforum International

June–July 2020

‘It’s Like Practicing the Piano’: Watch Interdisciplinary Artist Joan Jonas Describe How Drawing Supports Her Other Creative Pursuits

Caroline Goldstein

Artnet news

February 27, 2020

Joan Jonas

Giulia Bortoluzzi

L'Officiel Art

May 14, 2019

Joan Jonas

Liam Gillick

ArtReview

March 2018

Joan Jonas: All at Once

Lisa Cohen

The New York Time Style Megazine

April 5, 2015

Joan Jonas

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

Paola Nicolin

Artforum

January 16, 2011

Joan Jonas by Karin Schneider

Karin Schneider

Bomb

July 1, 2010

publications

Joan Jonas: I Know Why They Left

Pieranna Cavalchini

Corraini

Milano

2019

Jonas Jonas

Julienne Lorz, Andrea Lissoni and João Ribas

Hirmer Verlag

Munich

2018

Joan Jonas Is on Our Mind

Edited by Frances Richard

CCA Wattis

San Francisco

2017

In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas

Edited by Joan Simon

Gregory R. Miller & Co.

New York

2015

Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word

Paul C. Ha, Ute Meta Bauer, Ann Reynolds, Marina Warner,Ingrid Schaffner

Gregory R. Miller & Co.

New York

2015

video


Moving Off the Land II

2020

Artist talk during the opening of Joan Jonas's exhibition "Moving Off the Land II", at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, on February 24, 2020. Joan Jonas, artist, and Stefanie Hessler, curator, introduced by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, TBA21 founder and chairwoman, and Guillermo Solana, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza artistic director.


Joan Jonas: Drawings

2014

From Art21’s Extended Play series Video courtesy Art21, art21.org, founded 1997


Joan Jonas Lecture at CCA

2014

Lecture at California College of the Arts, October 9, 2014 organized by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

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