Jacqueline de Jong (b. 1939, Hengelo, The Netherlands) was forced to flee Holland during the war and her early life was marked by social upheaval. She became involved with the radical artists and thinkers of the 1960s, most notably with the Situationist International (SI) and Gruppe SPUR. When de Jong was excluded from the SI, along with the other visual artists, she founded The Situationist Times. Hailed as one of the most important and experimental journals of its time, the publication offered opportunity for collaboration between writers, poets and visual artists. As editor and publisher she produced six issues between 1962 and 1967. In 1968 she marched with the students in Paris, printing artist posters in support of the movement.
Solo museum exhibitions include her retrospective Pinball Wizard - The Work and Life of Jacqueline de Jong at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018); Malmö Konsthall (2018); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012). Other recent exhibitions include 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 2012 de Jong had a solo exhibition at the Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Yale University, following the acquisition of her archive, the Jacqueline de Jong Papers, the previous year.
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. This same year, These are Situationist Times! (Torpedo Press, Oslo 2019), an in-depth history of the magazine, was launched last year at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and MoMA PS1, New York. De Jong's first solo exhibition in the UK, Resilience(s), was held at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in November 2019.
In 2021 a survey show of de Jong’s work was shown at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and MOSTYN Contemporary Art Gallery, Wales, and will tour to Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany in March 2022. Currently, a solo exhibition of new works by de Jong is on display at Ortuzar Projects, NY, until January 2022.
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 and MCCA Toronto.