Jeff Koons, one of the superstars of the contemporary art world, is getting a rare UK show in the world’s oldest public museum.
The controversial artist, Jeff Koons, has landed a major UK retrospective. Starting in February, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, will stage a comprehensive show of Koons's career to date, featuring seventeen important works, fourteen of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. Curated by Koons himself and guest curator Norman Rosenthal, this landmark exhibition will trace Koons's creative trajectory since exploding onto the contemporary art scene in the 1980s.
Koons made his name through the novel use of the readymade and the appropriation of popular imagery in works such as One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series) (1985). The exhibition will also explore the artist's more recent focus on the art of antiquity and the western art canon where layered images of ancient and modern art meet in Koons’s singular vision. Among the highlights will be Seated Ballerina, a 2-metre high mirror-polished stainless sculpture; and the 2.6-metre high Balloon Venus (Magenta).
Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean
7 Feb – 9 Jun 2019