Mini-Catalogue Jeff Koons – Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection
In 2018 we marked Astrup Fearnley Museet’s 25th anniversary with a series of smaller exhibitions of significant artists from the Astrup Fearnley Collection. Jeff Koons – Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection (09.28.2018. – 01.20.2019), was the fifth in our series of anniversary exhibitions.
Jeff Koons belongs to a long tradition of artists who work with readymade objects and images. He was one of the main figures in the group of Appropriation artists in New York during the late 1970s, developing a highly conceptual art.
At first, he presented displays of appropriated everyday objects based on popular aesthetic references, often referred to as ‘kitsch’. By executing his objects and images with a high level of material perfection and blowing them up in scale, he elevated the humble originals to the level of high art.
Behind each series and object lies a story that operates on many different levels. Taken all together, they constitute a body of work expressing fundamental themes related to man and society. Koons is highlighting in his art the need to reject all ideas of blame and culpability, which consciously or unconsciously determine our actions, and to break away from social and cultural taboos and intellectual oppression.
This exhibition presented a selection of works from the collection, which showed Koon’s works from the late 80’s and the development of his groundbreaking oeuvre.
Curator: Gunnar B. Kvaran
Language: English and Norwegian
Paperback: 18,7 x 14 cm
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