Jeff Koons
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.
Jeff Koons  
13.5. – 2.9.2012

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

  Private collectionBalloon Flower (Blue), 1995–2000 Installation in Berower Park,  
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel © Jeff Koons  Photo: Mark Niedermann
Split-Rocker, 2000 – In Berower Park, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2012, with the support of JTI as well as Simone and Peter Forcart-Staehelin, InCentive Asset Management AG Collection of the artist  © Jeff Koons –  Photo: Andri Pol