Image credit Tulips, 1995–98, Oil on canvas, 282.7 x 331.9 cm, Private collection © Jeff Koons
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The Fondation Beyeler, Sculpture, Basel, Switzerland
Sunday May 13, 2012 - Sunday September 2, 2012 - Event ended.
The Fondation Beyeler is presenting the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955). Koons, likely the best-known living artist, has for decades been causing a furore with the combination of popular and high culture that informs his art.
Our extensive presentation focuses on three central series of works – The New, Banality and Celebration – which represent crucial stages in Koons’s development and lead to the nucleus of his thinking and creative activity. The New comprises the ready-made-like cleaning appliances of his early period, symbols of newness and purity. Banality includes those traditionally crafted sculptures in porcelain and wood which have since become (post-)modern icons. Finally, in the Celebration series, on which Koons has been working for almost twenty years, appear high-gloss steel sculptures of unique material perfection, and large-format paintings in which the artist celebrates childhood in a veritably baroque way. Koons’s equally spectacular and subtle works are repeatedly concerned with themes such as innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness. These reflect his conception of an art that is accessible to every viewer.
In parallel with the exhibition, two Koons outdoor sculptures will be on view in the park of the Fondation Beyeler. One, Balloon Flower (Blue), installed in the North Pond, demonstrates the artist’s mastery of material illusion. The other, Split- Rocker, a monumental floral sculpture composed of thousands of real plants, establishes an unprecedented dialogue between art and nature.
Three major groups of works by Jeff Koons exemplify his artistry
The inimitable works of art by Jeff Koons (*1955 in York, Pennsylvania), one of the most famous artists in the world today, have been causing uproars since the eighties. This publication is an in-depth examination of three major groups of works: The New (1980–87), Banality (1988), and Celebration (ongoing since 1994), each one of which represents a spectacular and consequential phase in Koons’s oeuvre. Ready-made objects from The New are transformed in Banality into wondrous, provocative sculptures created with traditional craftsmanship. A few years later, painting and sculpture appeared on an even par in Celebration. Hence, these three influential, manifesto-like stages are capable of providing insight into the work and ideas of Jeff Koons.
With a conversation between Jeff Koons and Theodora Vischer as well as essays by Raphaël Bouvier and Günther Vogt.
Edited by Fondation Beyeler, 2012, 212 pp., c. 80 ills., ca. 70 in color, 24.5 x 30.5 cm
The cover was designed by Jeff Koons.