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 Jan Schoonhoven  (1914 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands      Known for: non objective art, performances

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Johannes Jacobus "John" Schoonhoven ( Delft , 26 June 1914 - there, 31 July 1994) was a Dutch visual artist . He was part of the Dutch Nul movement .

Schoonhoven studied from 1930 to 1934 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague . He worked from 1946 to 1979 at the Central Department of Buildings (former state) PTT . The artistry of Schoonhoven took place in the evenings and weekends.

Together with the artists Armando, Henk Peeters, and Jan Henderikse he founded in the sixties an approach, which opposed Cobra and sought an objective art, which was stripped of any emotional value and where the presence of the artist as a person was obliterated.

Schoonhoven made at the beginning of his career mostly abstract drawings and watercolors. From 1955 came monochrome white reliefs. He used the materials for his art corrugated cardboard, paper mache and toilet rolls on a plywood substrate.  The performances were created according to geometric principles and the artworks were not saying names. Starting in 1978, he made many drawings with lines, dots and shading registered Schoonhoven partly expressive style, almost calligraphic pen and brush drawings.

The work of Schoonhoven was shown at many exhibitions at home and abroad.

Jan Schoonhoven, whose wife Anita was known for organizing jazz concerts, died in July 1994.

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Museums in the Netherlands
The following museums in the Netherlands work Schoonhoven in their collection:
    ?    CODA , Apeldoorn
    ?    Museum Belvédère , Heerenveen
    ?    Museum van Bommel van Dam , Venlo
    ?    Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum , Rotterdam
    ?    Dordrecht Museum , Dordrecht
    ?    Stadsgalerij Heerlen , Heerlen
    ?    Stedelijk Museum Schiedam , Schiedam
    ?    Rijksmuseum Twenthe , Enschede
    ?    Municipal Museum The Hague , The Hague [1]
    ?    Van Abbe Museum , Eindhoven [2]
Museums abroad
    ?    Belgium : Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp , Antwerp
    ?    Germany : Lehmbruck Museum , Duisburg
    ?    Germany : Museum Abteiberg , Mönchengladbach


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