Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to participate in the inaugural edition of FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, presenting Jacqueline de Jong: Paris, 1961-67. This solo presentation comprises rare paintings and works on paper by Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong, from the first decade of her career. Made in Paris in the 1960s, the works on view emerged from her involvement with a network of radical artists against the backdrop of wider social change.
Reflecting the energy and breadth of de Jong’s activities throughout this period, the 1960s mark a formative and experimental moment in her practice. During this decade, de Jong was one of two leading women in the Situationist International (SI); she joined Stanley Hayter’s printmaking studio, Atelier 17, alongside artists such as Hans Haacke; she participated in collaborative and performative works, including ‘happenings’, and she involved herself in the May ’68 protests, printing posters in support of the students and workers. Significantly, after leaving the SI, she went on to found The Situationist Times (1962-7), producing six editions as its publisher and editor. De Jong’s archive, documenting this period, is held in the collection of Beinecke Library, Yale University.
The works of the presentation express the dynamism of this decade, responding to ideas from Debord’s La Société du spectacle to television and new media, Pop art, the space race and the sexual revolution. Highlights include a significant work from de Jong’s Suicidal Painting series, Le blouson très noir et ses femmes, 1964, last exhibited in 1966, early works on paper, and rarely seen examples of her TV drawings. Combining personal, political and playful expression, Jacqueline de Jong: 1961-7 embodies a unique moment in history.
About the artist
Jacqueline de Jong (b. 1939, Hengelo) lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018); Malmö Konsthall (2018) and the Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Yale University, following the acquisition of her archive, the Jacqueline de Jong Papers in 2011. Other recent exhibitions include MAMAC Nice (2020-1); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2020); Frans Hals Museum,
Haarlem (2018); Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2018); Cobra Museum for Contemporary Art, Amstelveen (2018); and Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2017). In 2019 the French Ministry for Culture and the AWARE Prize for Women Artists presented de Jong with the Outstanding Merit Award in recognition of her exceptional career. In 2021 de Jong will have a survey exhibition at WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, touring to MOSTYN, Wales.
Collections include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; MONA Tasmania; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas (promised to Dallas Museum of Art) and MCCA Toronto.