what is it about ?
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
the 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
who exhibits and what type of visitors to expect there ?
since his emergence in the 1980s jeff koons has blended the concerns and methods of pop, conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial and always engaging. His work explores contemporary obsessions with sex and desire, race and gender, and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. A self-proclaimed ‘idea man’ Koons hires artisans and technicians to make the actual works. For him, the hand of the artist is not the important issue: ‘art is really just communication of something and the more archetypal it is, the more communicative it is’
jeff koons‘ artworks rarely inspire moderate responses, and this is one signal of the importance of his achievement.
alongside this exhibition, one can see in the park of the beyeler split-rocker foundation, a monumental sculpture made of flowers by jeff koons. Formed by thousands of real plants, it establishes a unique dialogue between art and nature
when and where is it ?
the exhibition is from may 13th 2012 until september 2nd 2012 at the beyeler foundation
the museum is opened everyday from 10am until 6pm, on wednesday from 10am until 8pm
the museum is opened on sundays and public holidays
is there any award or prize ? no
is there any conference or other interesting events happening there ?
nothing noticed so far