Born in France, Jackie Matisse lived in New York until 1954.  Since then she has lived in Paris making frequent visits to New York.  Between 1959 and 1968 she worked for Marcel Duchamp, completing the assemblage of the “Boite en Valise”.  At this time using her married name, Jacqueline Monnier, she began to make kites “in order to play with color and line in the sky”.  In 1980 she showed kites which were created to be used underwater at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York, and since then has continued to make kitelike objects intended for three different kinds of space: the sky, the sea, and indoor space, all linked through her use of movement.


In collaboration with Molly Davies, filmmaker and David Tudor, composer, she created two videos on her underwater and sky work.  In the 1980’s she collaborated with David Tudor composer and musician. She just had a comprehensive show of her work at the Mengei International Museum in San Diego, California, U.S.A.


2009          Heads and Tails: Hommage to Merce, ZONE Contemporary Arts, New York, NY 

2005          New Art Volant, Zone Chelsea Center for the Arts, New York, N.Y

2002          Art Flying In and Out of Space, Virginia Tech’s Perspective Gallery and      Virginia Tech Virtual Reality Cave, Blacksburg Virginia,  April-May 2002.  In collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.Mountain Lake Workshop, April 2002 with Ray Kass, director.    

2001          First event Echigo  Triennale, August 2001, Sponsored by  Art Front Gallery, Tokyo Japan

2000          Art that Soars, Mengei International Museum, San Diego, Ca. , U.S.A.

1999          Kitetail Cocktail, Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A.

1998          Jacqueline Matisse Monnier Kiallitasa,Bartok 32 Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

1998          The World’s Most Beautiful Automobile, Milan, Italie   , commission of ‘Wand’ a prize for Mr. Giovanni Agnelli.

1993          Magic Hair & Bottled Dreams,Galerie Satellite, Paris, France.

1988          Installation:Elle est rouge la petite fleur bleue, Musée Saint Roch, Issoudun, France.

1987          Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France

1985          Joan Mirò Foundation, Barcelona, Spain.

1984          Mobilis in Mobile, exhibition and air and underwater performance, Galeria Cadaquès, Spain.

                   Tangled Tails, performance and exhibition, Atelier Arc-en-ciel, Brest, France.

1982               Exposition à Poils, Samy Kinge Gallery, Paris, France

                   Ephemeral Gameswith performance, Galeria Cadaquès, Spain.

                   Underwater Kites and Moving Pieces, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London, England.

1981          The Traveling Exhibition, with performance, Philadelphia Museum       of Art, Philadelphia Pa. U.S.A.

1980          Works Underwater and in Space, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

1976          Kites, a Summer Celebration, with performance, ICA, London, England.

                   Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France.

1975          Formes d’Air et de Mouvement  Musée des Sables d’Olonne, France.

  • 9 Kite Tails Alexander Iolas Gallery, Paris, France.


 2005         La Légèreté,Galerie Pixi, Paris, France

                   IS&T/SPIE International Symposium, Electronic Imaging 2005, January     San Jose, California, Presentation of Art Volant dans l’espaceet ailleursby Dave Pape.  No sound.

2004         Set for Cunningham Ballet Co. Joyce Theater, New York. NY

Festival International des Cerfs-Volants, Dieppe, France


Shaped by the Wind : Kites, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York



2003          Art Volant dans l’espace et ailleurs, presentation of a collaborative project of kites flying in virtual reality, with interactive sound by Tom Johnson; Nicéphore Days, ENSAM, Chalon-sur-Saône, France


Pour le Vacuovélodrome of Alfred Jarry, Nicéphore Days, ENSAM, Chalon-

                   Sur-Saône, France, 11 Kitetails

                   60 Poux du Ciel,Nicéphore Days, Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône, France.

Wabi Sabi in the West, A.V.C. Contemporary Arts Gallery, NY, New York

2002          Le Japon Mystérieux,Galerie Satellite, Paris, France

1997          Odeurs…Une Odyssée,Passage de Retz, Paris, France.

                   From one point to another, L’Atelier Soardi, Nice, France.

                   10 Jours d’Art Contemporain, Chateau de Nemours, Nemours, France.

1996          Happy End,Galerie Satellite, Paris France.

1995          First Symposium of Art Volant, Foundation Pilar i Joan Miro, Mallorca, Spain

1994          WeathervanesMusée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.

                   Singuliers de L’art  Galerie 2000, Paris, France.

1993          Drawing Sounds; An Installation in Honor of John Cage,  by William Anastasi, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A.

                   Rolywholyover      A Circusby John Cage,The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Menil Collection, Houston, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Art Tower Mito, Japan.

                   They quoted Matisse, Galerie de France, Paris, France.

                   Qu’est-ce que j’ai fabriqué?  Qu’est-ce que je n’ai pas fabriqué?

                   Jean Dupuy, Galerie Donguy, Paris, France;

1991          Le Musée Miniature, Galerie Pixi & Cie, Paris, France.

                   Les artistes décident de jouer, Association Campredon Art & Culture,

                   L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France.

                   Zero Gravity, Art Advisory Service MOMA at City Bank, Long Island City, New York, U.S.A.

1990          Art, Culture et Foi, Galerie St. Séverin, Paris, France.

                   Art that Flies, with Curt Asker and Tal Streeter. The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

                   Sixième Rencontre Internationale de Cerfs Volants, Dieppe, France.

1988          Festival des Ailes et de l’Espace, with performance, Centre d’Actions Culturelles, St Médard en Jalles, Bordeaux, France.

                   Lost and Found, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A1987   

FIAC, Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris.

1986          XXXI Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France.

                   Inspiration comes from Nature, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, N.Y.,       U.S.A.

                   Like Kites, MOMA, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

1985          Plein Vent, A.R.E.A., Baie de Somme,France.

                   R.O.R..  Evening for the “Revue Parlée” with C. Asker, E. Ferrer,         Y. Tono, H. Mathews.  Presentation of her seven minute video film with David Tudor “Tailing a dream” and performance. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

1984          Underwater, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, England.

1983          Fliegende Bilder, Fliegende Plastik, with performance, Föhr, Germany.

1982          Coup de Vent dans la Prairie, Atelier d’A., with performance, Caen, France.

1981          Drachen, Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany.

1980          Group Show, Heath Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A..

                   Christmas Show, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

                   Métiers d’Art, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

1979          Sculptures pour le ciel, Maison de la Culture, Rennes, France.

                   Messages pour l’espace, Centre d’actions culturelles de Sceaux, with performance, Sceaux, France.

1978          Kite Festival, Plaine de la Belle Etoile, Vincennes, France.

1977          Boites, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.

                   Artistes-Artisans, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

                   Pays, Visage de Vent, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, with performance, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France.

                   La Boutique Aberrante de Daniel Spoerri, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

                   Flags, Banners and Kites, Allied Arts Foundation, Seattle Wa. U.S.A.

1976          Vos Papiers, SVP, Musée des Sables d’Olonne, France.

                   Images pour le Ciel, Festival d’automne, exhibition and audiovisuel installation, Paris, France1975           Coup de Vent, with performance, Montrouge, Franc1974   Grandes Femmes, Petits Formats, Iris Clert Gallery, Paris, France.

1975          Coup de Vent, with performance, Montrouge, France 1974.

                   Grandes Femmes, Petits Formats, Iris Clert Gallery, Paris


2000          Sounds & Files, Kunstlehaus ,Vienna, Exposition of David Tudor’s sound table.

1990          Volatils and Sonic Reflections, Neue Musik München Klang Aktionen 90. Munich, Germany.

                   Volatils with Sonic Reflections, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York,N.Y., U.S.A.

1988          Lines and Reflections II, Rheinischen Musikfest, Kunstacademie, Düsseldorf, Germany.

                   Lines and Reflections I, performance with David Tudor, The Kitchen, New York,N.Y., U.S.A.

1986          Sound Totem, 9 Lines, performance with David Tudor and Molly Davies, Whitney Sculpture Court, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

1985          R.O.R. evening for the Revue Parlée with C. Asker, E.Ferrer, Y. Tono, H. Mathews, Centre Pompidou Paris, France. Accompanied by Jackie Matisse’s production of a 7 minute video film called “Tailing a Dream“. Music David Tudor, camera Andy Ferullo and Molly Davies.

1984          Sea Tails, video installation,  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

1984          Sea Tails,David Tudor concert, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

1983          Sea Tails, David Tudor concert, Music Festival, Lugano, Italy.

1983          Sea Tails, video installation, with Molly Davies, and David Tudor, Frankfort, Germany.


2000          Art that Soars, Kites and Tails by Jackie Matisse, Exhibition Documentary Publication, Mengei International Museum, San Diego, Ca; U.S.A.

1997               The Blue Book,by Jackie Matisse, Editions de l’Onde

1996          Cerfs-Volants L’art en Ciel, Editions Alternatives Eric et Marc Domage

1991          Art That Flies, avec Curt Asker et Tal Streeter. The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio.

1980          Water Story,Reaktion, Verlag galerie Leaman

Heads and Tails by Jackie Matisse


Heads and Tails: Hommage to Merce
September 24 - November 20, 2009
Jackie Matisse, "New Art Volant", Installation view


May 26 - June 24, 2005
Sculpture Magazine on Jackie Matisse

SCULPTURE MAGAZINE review on Jackie Matisse

"Jackie Matisse: Collaborations in Art and Science", November 2006

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