press release

March 14–August 5, 2018

Celebrating Joan Jonas’s remarkable career, this exhibition unites the artist’s most important works in the largest exhibition dedicated to her work mounted in the UK. Early and late works will be shown in dialogue reflecting Jonas’s interest in revisiting her own history.

Key themes from her practice will be explored, from her use of sound to the influence of Japanese noh theatre. Early works will include the iconic video Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy, 1972 which explores female identity via the artist’s sexualised alter-ego, while recent installations will include Reanimation, 2010/13 and Stream or River, Flight or Pattern,2016-17 which broach the issues of climate change and animal extinction—subjects that are central to Jonas’s current practice.

Joan Jonas is curated in close collaboration with the artist by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Julienne Lorz, Curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich with Monika Bayer-Wermuth, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a programme of talks and events in the gallery. The show will tour to Haus der Kunst, Munich, in 2018 and to Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto, in 2019.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern and Haus der Kunst, Munich in partnership with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto.