Balloon dog

Jeff Koons, Ballon dog (Magenta), 1994–2000. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm. One of five unique versions. Collection Pinault © Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

This retrospective examines the unique, unmistakable, and innovative work of Jeff Koons, one of the most prominent figures of the art of our time. Lacking the aura of inaccessibility that surrounds other contemporary works of art, Koons’s instantly recognizable creations appeal to the general public and draw on countless art-historical sources, including Surrealism, Pop art, and Dada. Koons has a unique style that allows seemingly contradictory concepts to coexist harmoniously in his work. His oeuvre is a statement of self-affirmation, his paintings and sculptures invite us to reassert our individuality and flout certain taboos and conventions that box us in, limiting our role in society. Koons uses art as a wake-up call, a driving force of social change. The false luxury of some of his pieces, achieved by using industrial materials made to look deceptively lavish, and his references to well-known archetypes make viewers feel comfortable with their own cultural history.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, <i>Exu</i>, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Exu, 1988. Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 199.3 x 254 cm. Private collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time

Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960–d. 1988) was one of the most revolutionary artists of the 1980s. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Basquiat possessed artistic skill that earned him fame throughout North America and Europe, and he quickly became a prolific artist and a cultural celebrity. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time explores the themes of Basquiat’s groundbreaking art and features some 100 paintings and drawings.

Shahzia Sikander, <i>Parallax</i>, 2013

Shahzia Sikander, Parallax, 2013. Three-channel color animation with sound, 15 min and 30 sec Music by Du Yun. Music by Du Yun. © Shahzia Sikander, courtesy Sikander Studio

Shahzia Sikander, Parallax

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Shahzia Sikander's work Parallax (2013), a multichannel installation composed of hundreds of digitally animated images.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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Bilbao 48001, Spain

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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Browse past exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao