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Jeff Koons

Amore

  • Translated titleLove
  • Year1988
  • MaterialPorcelain
  • Dimensions80 x 50 x 50 cm
  • Year of acquisition1988
  • Inventory numberUAB 258
  • On viewGround floor

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 collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto X, 2001, UAB 478Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto X, 2001
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, UAB 521aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell), 1975
Sigmar Polke, Reh, 1968, 15589aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Sigmar Polke Reh, 1968
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1964, UAB 506aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Self-Portait, 1964
Keith Haring, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1985, UAB 873aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Keith Haring Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1985
Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1105aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016