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View of “Joan Jonas,” 2014–15.

Joan Jonas

Pirelli HangarBicocca

View of “Joan Jonas,” 2014–15.

In the vast, cavernous space of HangarBicocca, Joan Jonas’s videos pop out of the dark like the bright facets of a kaleidoscope. They emerge not in chronological order, but according to a dynamic arrangement that highlights thematic relationships within her work. Time and space, memory and the present converge in an installation with a strong visual impact, emphasizing the process-oriented and narrative character of Jonas’s oeuvre. The show is grand yet intimate.

The pivotal work at the center of the exhibition is Mirage, 1976/1994/2005, an installation comprising multiple forms of media: photos (taken by Babette Mangolte) from Jonas’s historic 1976 experimental performance, videos, films, objects, and a set of metal cones alluding to those the artist used during her performance. Cones of paper also appear at the entrance to the exhibition, forging a connection between past and

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