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Jeff Koons, the artist; All photos by Caroline Claisse for Art Observed
Adjoint to the week-long Art Basel fete, Swiss museum Fondation Beyeler partnered with American artist Jeff Koons to assemble and showcase key series from his repertoire under one roof, namely, The New, Banality, and Celebration.
Yesterday night in particular, the Foundation Beyler hosted a private dinner at which the pop-age artist himself was present, along with guests Zaha Hadid, Tracey Emin, Stephanie Seymour, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Koons took the opportunity to unveil his over-sized floral installation, “Split Rocker”. Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas afterward gave the pre-dinner keynote.
Tracey Emin poses in front of Koon’s sculpture
Koon’s “Cracked Egg Blue” (1994-2006)
50 of Koons’s works compose this extensive show, a conglomerate of three separate series, respectively titled, “The New”, “Banality”, and “Celebration”, all representative of and central to stages in Koons’s artistic life. The New (1980-87) includes work from his early period, Banality (1988) features traditionally crafted sculptures, and Celebration (1994 and on) showcases his transition to the more glossy, highly polished monuments and larger-scale canvases representing his most recent work.
The Fondation Beyeler’s showing of Koons’s work is his largest to ever take place in the country. The exhibition officially commenced almost a month prior to Art Basel on May 13 and will show through September 2.
Exhibition Site [Fondation Beyeler]
Jeff Koons, the bridge between high and low art [Swissinfo]
Jeff Koons honoured guest in Basel [AMA]
Jeff Koons challenges Beyeler visitors on definition of art [GenevaLunch]
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