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Joan Jonas

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

AFTER A CAREER OF SOME THIRTY YEARS, Joan Jonas is being rediscovered. True, in 1994 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam gave her a retrospective, but although other artists have always thought highly of her, the general public took little notice. This time it's different: Following her enthusiastically received retrospective in Stuttgart, where she has taught at the local art academy, her films were shown at the Kunsthalle Basel; the Stuttgart exhibition then went on to Berlin, where it was shown in the Neue Gesellschaft & Bildende Kunst. And so one might ask, how did it happen that this artist was overlooked for so long? Was it the ambivalent nature of her engagement with themes of femininity? Was it because she crossed the lines between performance, film, and video?

Andrea Jahn, the curator of this exhibition, attempted to reconstruct Jonas's creative path in collaboration with the artist

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