Winter Bears, 1988. Copyright Jeff Koons.
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from
the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.
11 May to 8 September 2013
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
One of the world’s most important living artists, Jeff Koons’s work is always provocative and playful. This new exhibition is the first showing in England (outside Tate) of Koons’s group of works in ARTIST ROOMS.
His art inspires the viewer to question distinctions between mass culture and high art, pornography and the classical nude, sentimental affections and sublime feeling. In Brighton Koons’s work resonates with our city, with its reputation for extravagance and transgression.
The exhibition includes work ranging from early pieces incorporating everyday items such as vacuum cleaners and basketballs to his later works of colourful cast inflatables, and represents series such as The New, Equilibrium, Banality, Made in Heaven, Easyfun and Popeye.
The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, which was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.
To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit www.artfund.org.
To see the full ARTIST ROOMS collection please visit www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms
Find out more about Jeff Koons
The Jeff Koons Collective
The Jeff Koons Collective are a group of young people aged 14-24.They have been working with artists, curators and designers to create merchandise and an events programme in response to the Jeff Koons exhibition at Brighton Museum.
Charlie from the Jeff Koons Collective said:
‘First of all we took some time to look at the work of Jeff Koons and really study the pieces that would be coming to the gallery. To be honest, I didn’t like it to begin with. It’s unusual and at first glance uninteresting…
But then we looked closer and started thinking about the meaning behind it and I guess they grew on me.
Like with a lot of other contemporary art, until you stop and think about it, it’s all just a little strange.’
Look out for the events that the Collective have planned, see the links on the right hand side of this page or like the Royal Pavilion & Museums Facebook page for young people
Set in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Its rich collections and exciting exhibits are dynamically displayed in stimulating surroundings. Entrance is free.
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