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New Jeff Koons exhibition opens at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

  • Date: 15 May 2013
  • Area: South East
Winter Bears, 1988. Copyright Jeff Koons

Winter Bears, 1988. Copyright Jeff Koons.

Brighton Museum, an Arts Council England Renaissance Major partner museum, is showing work from iconic New York pop artist Jeff Koons, thanks to ARTISTS ROOMS On Tour, funded by Arts Council England and the Art Fund.

This new exhibition is the first showing of Jeff Koons' group of works in England outside Tate Gallery. It includes playful works such as Caterpillar (with chains) (2002), deceptively similar to a children's swimming pool float, and large-scale kitsch replica Winter Bears (1988).

ARTIST ROOMS on Tour 2013-2015 is supported with a £1,065,000 Arts Council England National Lottery-funded Strategic touring fund award. The funding will enable 36 associate regional venues to display works from the ARTISTS ROOMS collection over the two years.

ARTISTS ROOMS is an important public collection of international contemporary art, shared across the UK through a collaboration between the Art Fund, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. The collection contains over 700 works by 37 artists assembled by collector and curator Anthony d'Offay over a 30 year period.

Jeff Koons is one of the world's most important living artists, whose works ask audiences to question distinctions between mass culture and high art, pornography and the classical nude, sentimental affections and sublime feeling.

Other works on display at Brighton Museum include Plexiglas-cased vacuum cleaners New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker (1981-7) and his series of children balloon-shaped mirrored works such as PONY (Blue) (1999).

As part of the exhibition, the Museum has set up an educational opportunity for a group of young people aged 14 to 24, dubbed The Jeff Koons Collective. The collective has been working with artists, curators and designers to create merchandise and an events programme in response to the exhibition at Brighton Museum.

Michael Cooke, Museum Relationship Manager, South East, Arts Council England says, 'It's a real coup for Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and the city of Brighton to receive an exhibition from such an internationally renowned artist. The Arts Council applauds collaborations between museums and visual arts like this.

'We're particularly happy that the museum has continued its work with young people within the context of the exhibition, creating The Jeff Koons Collective. Arts and culture is at the heart of Brighton's dynamic creative and visitor economy, and we are delighted that Brighton Museum and Tate Gallery's ARTISTS ROOMS on Tour has made this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience great art happen.'

Jeff Koons, ARTISTS ROOMS on Tour, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 11 May to 8 September 2013, free admission http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/WhatsOn/Pages/BMAGArtistRoomsJeffKoons11mayto8sep2013.aspx