Joan Jonas

Year of birth, place
1936, New York, United States
Role at the ZKM
in the collection


Joan Jonas, pioneer of video and performance art and Professor Emerita at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, recipient of the Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy (2018)

Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art, and an acclaimed multimedia artist. Jonas has taught at MIT since 1998, and is currently Professor Emerita in the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. Among numerous exhibitions, screenings and performances worldwide she has been featured in dOCUMENTA six times since 1972, and has had major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, HangarBicocca in Milan, Vienna State Opera,Tate Modern, Ocean Spacein Venice, and Pinacoteca de São Paulo. In 2015 Jonas developed a prize winning multimedia installationrepresenting the United States’ at the 56th Venice Biennale. Jonas is the 2018 recipient of the Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy.