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Biography

Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) is recognized for his extensive and systematic investigations into light, form, and volume through his sculptural wall reliefs and works on paper. Schoonhoven's work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (1967); the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (1968, 1972, and 1973); the Städtisches Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany (1972); the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (1985–86); the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (1995-96); Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany, Museum Prinsenhof Delft and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands (2015); and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2016). Public collections include the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunsthaus Zürich; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Tate Gallery, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Jan J. Schoonhoven R 70-19, 1970 painted papier-maché on wood panel 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm) framed: 20 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (53 x 53 x 6.5 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
R 70-19, 1970
painted papier-maché on wood panel
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
framed: 20 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (53 x 53 x 6.5 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven T 80-19, 1980 ink on paper (bamboo-pen) 15 3/16 x 11 in. (38.5 x 28 cm) frame: 21 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (54.6 x 44.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
T 80-19, 1980
ink on paper (bamboo-pen)
15 3/16 x 11 in. (38.5 x 28 cm)
frame: 21 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (54.6 x 44.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven MV 6, 1968 ink on paper 15 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (40 x 20 cm) frame: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (59.1 x 38.7 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
MV 6, 1968
ink on paper
15 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (40 x 20 cm)
frame: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (59.1 x 38.7 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven T 82-56, 1982 ink on paper 19 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (49.37 x 12.87 cm) framed: 24 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (62.5 x 47 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
T 82-56, 1982
ink on paper
19 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (49.37 x 12.87 cm)
framed: 24 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (62.5 x 47 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven R74-13, 1974 plaster relief, cardboard, wood 22 7/8 x 27 3/16 in. (58.1 x 69.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
R74-13, 1974
plaster relief, cardboard, wood
22 7/8 x 27 3/16 in. (58.1 x 69.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven R 70-19, 1970 painted papier-maché on wood panel 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm) framed: 20 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (53 x 53 x 6.5 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
R 70-19, 1970
painted papier-maché on wood panel
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
framed: 20 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (53 x 53 x 6.5 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven T 80-19, 1980 ink on paper (bamboo-pen) 15 3/16 x 11 in. (38.5 x 28 cm) frame: 21 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (54.6 x 44.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
T 80-19, 1980
ink on paper (bamboo-pen)
15 3/16 x 11 in. (38.5 x 28 cm)
frame: 21 1/2 x 17 3/8 in. (54.6 x 44.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven MV 6, 1968 ink on paper 15 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (40 x 20 cm) frame: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (59.1 x 38.7 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
MV 6, 1968
ink on paper
15 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. (40 x 20 cm)
frame: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (59.1 x 38.7 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven T 82-56, 1982 ink on paper 19 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (49.37 x 12.87 cm) framed: 24 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (62.5 x 47 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
T 82-56, 1982
ink on paper
19 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (49.37 x 12.87 cm)
framed: 24 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (62.5 x 47 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven R74-13, 1974 plaster relief, cardboard, wood 22 7/8 x 27 3/16 in. (58.1 x 69.1 cm)

Jan J. Schoonhoven
R74-13, 1974
plaster relief, cardboard, wood
22 7/8 x 27 3/16 in. (58.1 x 69.1 cm)