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