The Painter & The Sculptor
The Schirn Kunsthalle and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung devoted themselves to the work of the U.S. American artist Jeff Koons (born in 1955), who has played a pioneering role in the contemporary art world since the 1980s. The two concurrent shows deliberately separated the sculptural and painterly aspects of his oeuvre and presented each in a context of its own.
Encompassing forty-five paintings, the presentation entitled “Jeff Koons. The Painter” at the Schirn focused on the artist’s structural development as a painter. In the show “Jeff Koons. The Sculptor” at the Liebieghaus, on the other hand, forty-four world-famous as well as entirely new sculptures by Jeff Koons entered into dialogues with the historical building and a sculpture collection spanning five millennia. Jeff Koons’s “Antiquity”, a new series in which he explored antique art and its central motif – Eros – debuted in Frankfurt on this occasion.
Curators Vinzenz Brinkmann (Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung), Matthias Ulrich (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt), and Joachim Pissarro (New York)
Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Gas-Union GmbH, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Art works by Jeff Koons: © Jeff Koons