Pinball Wizard: The Work and Life of Jacqueline de Jong

9 February–18 August 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Jacqueline de Jong, Off season, 1986. Collection of the artist.

Overview of the historical development of the oeuvre of Jacqueline de Jong in which she switches effortlessly between different styles: from expressionist painting to new figuration and pop art. The work of Jacqueline de Jong is presented in combination with works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum.

Since the 1960s, the distinguished visual artist, designer and former employee of the Stedelijk Museum has evolved a versatile body of work. Pinball Wizard: The Work and Life of Jacqueline de Jong gives an overview of the historical development of this oeuvre in which she effortlessly switches between different styles: such as Abstract Expressionism, new figuration and Pop Art. Her work also ranges in scale, from small diptychs that chronicle a day in the life of the artist, to monumental canvases dominated by an absurd and often violent and erotic world. The show also highlights De Jong’s involvement in avant-garde networks inside and outside Europe, including the politically engaged Situationist International movement. The 13 exhibition spaces feature a selection of key works by De Jong and works from the Stedelijk collection, together with previously unseen archival material.

(Courtesy Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague (NL) / Château Shatto, Los Angeles (US).)

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