Monday, July 2, 2012

Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen Basle

The other day we went to see Jeff Koons' work at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Basle/Switzerland. Hereafter some words about him:

"Jeff Koons (b. 1955) is one of the best known and popular artists of the present day, who since the 1980s has caused a furore with art that refers directly to current pop culture. The Fondation Beyeler's Koons exhibition is the first ever to be shown in a Swiss museum. It focuses on three extensive groups of works from different periods, each of which lastingly shaped the development Koons's oeuvre". (credit

Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pics in the museum and I therefore refer to a You Tube video:

I love his balloon dogs! They have something cheer- and playful about them. 

One of his work I absolutely adore are the tulips

and the cracked egg...

and his paintings of cakes. If you stand close to the painting you'll see that what looks like foil now, is a kind of trompe l'oeil. It looks only shiny from far. I was also amazed how real the biscuit is painted - when standing close one sees that it's the structure was painted in small dots. A warden of the museum told us that at the preview such pieces of cakes were distributed to the visitors. 

My friend Ina has come close to Jeff...

Winter bears

Outside the museum the split rocker - thousands of flowers - ingenious!


"Naked" Split rocker...

I assume you all know the puppy in Bilbao. That's where I "met" Jeff Koons the first time.

Another flower - the balloon flower -

Meet the artist...

If you have the chance to visit the exhibition - do so. It'll last until September 2, 2012 - see here.

Well, it's time for me to have coffee - excuse me!

 ♥ Emilie's daughter  

PS. Dear Fiona from Raindrops and Daisies:
 I have sent you all the sunshine to Ireland 
(that's why it is rainy here) 
and I hope it has arrived and you enjoy it to the fullest!

source Fondation Beyeler, igougo, google


  1. I'm on the way to Basel!!!

    ♥ Franka

  2. So much wonderful art work, I love it.

  3. Beautiful pictures and I just love the eggs. Have a nice evening.


  4. I haven't seen any of his work before it is wonderful. Those flower sculptures of fantastic too, it must have used so many plants!
    Sarah x

  5. It is just great, I prefer the shiny art.


  6. Hello Christa

    How marvelous that you were able to see this important exhibition. The pieces must bring smiles to the faces of visitors and to top it off seeing the topiary, alive with spectacular blooms.

    Thanks for sharing