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Jeff Koons


Information about the artwork

  • Translated titleLove
  • Year1988
  • MaterialPorcelain
  • Dimensions80 x 50 x 50 cm
  • Year of acquisition1988
  • Inventory numberUAB 258
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited

More about the artwork

Jeff Koons is a master of kitsch—even if he would not say so himself. In his eyes, his “optimistic” art simply opens itself up to a wider audience. Especially the “Banality” series, to which “Amore” belongs and with which Koons suddenly advanced to a star artist, broke with the aesthetic and intellectual preferences of the art world. He found his inspiration in the tastes of the masses: souvenir objects, pop stars, or stuffed animals. His teddy bear promises love: the word “Amore” is displayed on its bib, the heart on his right paw declares “I ? you”. A honey pot, Rococo-esque base, and the delicate colors painted on the porcelain make for a literally sugar-sweet work. But is the little bear as harmless as it seems? Perhaps what is hidden behind all its loveliness is the ominous notion of art as the new “opium of the people.” For in an advertisement that Koons designed to accompany the “Banality” series, a blackboard behind him stated: “Exploits the masses” and “Banality as savior.”

Further artworks

Artwork: "Untitled" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2004 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Studio (Lexington, VA)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Studio (Lexington, VA), 2003 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Al and Tom" from Alex Katz
Alex Katz Al and Tom, 1969 yes Ground floor
Artwork: "Untitled (New York City)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled (New York City), 1968 yes Upper floor
Artwork: "Untitled (Roses)" from Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 yes Upper floor