A radical pioneer of conceptual and installation art, Kosuth initiated appropriation strategies, language-based works and the use of neon as a medium – considering it a form of ‘public writing’ without fine art associations – in the 1960s. Kosuth’s ongoing investigations into language and perception, and the appropriated use of literature, philosophy and psychology have characteristically taken the form of works in series, a format that opens up space for play and reflexivity in multiple directions. Key examples from the artist’s most iconic neon series will be on view, including elementsfrom Kosuth’srenowned ‘Freud’series (1981-1989), in which the artist puts the psychoanalyst’s texts regarding unconscious functioning meaningfully into play using wall pieces and installations, and from his acclaimed ‘Wittgenstein’ series (1989-1993), which illustrate the fervent influence of the philosopher on Kosuth’s foundation of thinking, and belief that art should ask questions about itself, as a language engaged in the production of meaning. Joseph Kosuth lives and works in New York and London. He has participated in numerous Documentas and Venice Biennales; his work is collected by major museums throughout the World. In 2001 Kosuth received the Laurea Honoris Causa doctorate in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Bologna and in 2003 the Austrian Republic’s highest honor for accomplishments in science and culture, the Decoration of Honor in Gold. In 2012 Kosuth was inducted into the Acadé- mie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Kosuth’s exhibition entitled ‘ni apparence ni illusion’, an installation work throughout the twelfth-century walls of the original Louvre Palace, opened at the Musée du Louvre, Paris in 2009, and became a permanent work in 2014. His work on the façade of the Council of State of the Netherlands was unveiled in October 2011 and he is currently preparing a permanent work for the four towers of the façade of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Kosuth has recently been commissioned to create a major site-specific installation for a new cultural center being built to revitalize the former mining town of Kongsberg, Norway and for a new laboratory building being constructed on Novartis’ extended Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, designed by architect Toshiko Mori.

Joseph Kosuth
Joseph Kosuth
Toledo, 1945
USA

Current Exhibitions

31 Oct — 20 Jan
The exhibition, installed in the groundfloor space, is focused on the use of Neon in the work of Joseph Kosuth and selected Arte Povera artists Mario Merz (1925-2003), Pier Paolo Calzolari (b. 1943) and Emilio Prini (1943-2016). Turin is important...
31 Oct — 20 Jan
The exhibition, installed in the gallery’s piano nobile, combines monochrome works by Castellani, Fontana, Klein and Manzoni with works from Kosuth’s 1968 series “Art as Idea as Idea”. The series is...
11 Oct — 15 Apr
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea has started a new chapter in its history with the exhibition “Time is Out of Joint”. The display is part of a wide process—initiated on June 21, 2016 and lead by...

Past Exhibitions

Rear Window. Glimpses of Private Collections

GAM Milano
23/11/2016 — 26/02/2017

Toda Percepción es una Interpretación: You are Part of It

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation – CIFO
30/11/2016 — 12/03/2017

Highlights from The Fairholme Unlimited Foundation

Lowe Art Museum
01/04/2016 — 31/12/2016

NEON: The Charged Line

Grundy Art Gallery 01/09/2016 — 07/01/2017

Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?

Palazzo Fortuny
05/06/2016 — 25/09/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Toledo Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1945 Lives in: New York and London