The Fondation Beyeler in Basel 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.
“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.
Mon – Sun 10am – 6pm
Wed 10am – 8pm
Fri 10am – 9pm (On June 23, August 25 and September 15, the museum closes already at 6pm)