Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean

7 Feb – 9 Jun 2019

“I couldn’t think of a better place to have a dialogue about art today and what it can be”

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons has been called the world’s most famous, controversial and subversive living artist, and in 2019 he’s coming to the world’s oldest public museum.

This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art. From the moment he burst onto the scene with floating basket balls and ready-made objects to his recent re-working of classical statues and Old Master paintings, Jeff Koons has, at turns, delighted, shocked and intrigued his viewers.

Curated with Koons himself, the show features 17 major works, from the 1980s to today, 14 of which have never been to the UK before. They include some of his most well-known series such as Equilibrium, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball paintings and sculptures. In the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum, where the collections range from prehistory to the present, Jeff Koons’s work will be ‘in conversation’ with the history of art and ideas which has been his focus over the past four decades.

Tickets are on sale now.


Timed tickets will be in operation. Full price adult tickets are £12.25 each.


Entry is FREE, and no booking is required, for: children under 12 years; University of Oxford students; and Members of the Ashmolean.

Tickets are discounted at 50% for: those under 25; students; children aged 12–17 years; and Art Fund Members.

Concession tickets are available for: senior citizens: those who are unemployed; and University of Oxford staff & alumni.

UK school groups can visit our temporary exhibitions free of charge. We offer teachers a previsit complimentary exhibition ticket. Booking is essential.

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To book exhibition tickets by telephone please call 01865 278 112.


Entry is FREE for children under 12 years and no ticket is required. Tickets are required for children aged 12–17 years and these are discounted at approx. 50%.


Paperback catalogue available from 4 February 2019.

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Complimentary Exhibition Press Tickets for JEFF KOONS are limited and priority is given to members of the media who are reviewing the exhibition.  Tickets are only available by prior arrangement with the Press Office


Jeff Koons (b. 1955)
Detail of Seated Ballerina
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent colour coating
210.8 x 113.5 x 199.8 cm

© Jeff Koons

Artist’s proof
Edition of 3

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