Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word II, performance at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice, Italy, 2015.  © Joan Jonas/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 Foto © Moira Ricci

Joan Jonas

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Exhibition overview

One of the most influential artists working today, Joan Jonas (born 1936 in New York) emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s as a pioneer of video and performance art. Her experimental installations adopt an inventive and interdisciplinary approach, including elements such as projections, videos, drawings, soundscapes, objects, props and masks. With narration oftentimes at the core of her works, Jonas’s influences and inspirations stem predominantly from literature, Noh Theatre, as well as rituals that the artist has witnessed during her extensive travels over the years.

Joan Jonas has exhibited and performed her work extensively at an international level, including six participations in the documenta in Kassel (between 1972 and 2012) and the U.S. Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial (2015).

The exhibition at Haus der Kunst will include seminal installations from the 1970s, as well as recent works from the last fifteen years. Live performances, an extensive film program, and a catalogue containing several interviews with the artist will accompany the show.

Curated by Julienne Lorz, Curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich and Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film) Tate Modern.

The exhibition is organized by Haus der Kunst and Tate Modern, London where it will be on display from March 14 to August 5, 2018.