Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, Switzerland, presents a large solo exhibition with works by Jeff Koons. In collaboration with the artist, the museum decided to show series of works that are central to Jeff Koons’ oeuvre: The New, Banality, and Celebration.
Jeff Koons’ early period-series The New consists of ready-made-like cleaning appliances, symbols of newness and purity. Banality comprises traditionally crafted sculptures in porcelain and wood. With Celebration, Keff Koons produced high-gloss steel sculptures and large-format paintings. Among the works on display are Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988); Ushering in Banality (1988); New Hoover Convertible (1980); Winter Bears (1988); and Balloon Dog (Red) (1994-2000). The giant Split Rocker is installed in the garden of the museum.
In this video we walk through the exhibition on the occasion of the media reception and Dr. Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator at Large, Fondation Beyeler) gives us a short introduction to the show. Hit the jump for the full-length version of the video, an introduction to the exhibition in German language, the Jeff Koons lecture at Fondation Beyeler, Jeff Koons speaking at the media conference, and an introduction to the work Split-Rocker.
Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler is the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons. The show runs until September 2, 2012.
Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler. Press Preview and introduction by Dr. Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator at Large, Fondation Beyeler). Riehen / Basel, Switzerland, May 11, 2012.
PS: See also our report on Jeff Koons’ exhibition at Versailles with Jeff Koons talking about his work.
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Full-length video (12:55 Min.):
Jeff Koons Media Conference at Fondation Beyeler (18:04 Min.):
Introduction to the exhibition in German language (9:50 Min.):
Jeff Koons: Split-Rocker at Fondation Beyeler (2:47 Min.):
Jeff Koons Lecture at Fondation Beyeler (1:33:09):