Imagination à Rebours

03 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017

Dürst Britt & Mayhew is honoured to present Jacqueline de Jong ‘s (1939, Hengelo, Netherlands) first solo exhibition at the gallery. De Jong is revered for founding, editing and publishing The Situationist Times in the 1960s. By now her publishing, painting and sculpture endeavours have spanned over five decades. The exhibition shows various paintings and pastels from the 1960s up to now, in which eroticism, desire, violence and humour are recurring motifs. Her longterm involvement and collaboration with Asger Jorn and the legacy of the Cobra movement shine through, but have never stifled the experimental nature of her artistic practice, which is as vital, provocative and contradictory as ever. Her most recent mixed media works for example start with black and white photographic images of potatoes which De Jong transforms into landscapes, animals or monsters, which have become so characteristic to her practice.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Imaginary Disobedience’ at Château Shatto in Los Angeles and ‘Potato Blues’ at onestar press in Paris. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Medusa: Jewellery and Taboos’ at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, ‘The Leftovers’ at Simon Lee Gallery in New York, ‘The Avant Garde won’t give up: Cobra and its legacy’ at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles and ‘Traces – 100 years Asger Jorn’ at Cobra Museum for Modern Art in Amstelveen. Her work is held in various museums and public collections including: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich; MCCA Toronto; Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Upcoming exhibitions include ‘Sie sagen wo Rauch ist, ist auch Feuer’ at Kunsthalle Bern and a solo presentation with Dürst Britt & Mayhew in the Back to the Future section of Artissima Turin.



Click to read a specially commissioned interview between Jacqueline de Jong and Margriet Schavemaker


Reviews and features

Villa Next Door by Albertus Pieters

Trendbeheer by Niels Post


Further reading

The Life and Times of Jacqueline de Jong, Frieze magazine, April 2017

De Jong speaks about the COBRA legacy, Art Basel | Salon

De Jong speaks about Paris 1968, Andere Tijden (in Dutch)

De Jong speaks about her life as an artist, De Groene (in Dutch)