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

Current Exhibitions

Was. Is. Will Be. 40 Years Of Gallery

La Galleria Dorothea van der Koelen

07 May — 24 Nov
Dorothea van der Koelen was only 19 years old when she opened her gallery in Mainz in 1979. The exhibition in the Venice outpost of the gallery takes visitors into a journey through 40 years of career, collaborations with artists,...

Past Exhibitions

Neon in Contextual Play. Joseph Kosuth and Arte Povera

31/10/2017 — 20/01/2018

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

Time is Out of Joint

11/10/2016 — 15/04/2018

Contacts & Details

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