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Conversation between artist Jeff Koons and curator Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is presenting the eighth video in the Guggenheim Bilbao Insights series with the conversation between artist Jeff Koons and curator Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents today the eighth video in the digital initiative #GuggenheimBilbaoInsights, a series of videos organized by the Curatorial Department of the Museum where curators talk with artists whose work is represented in the Museum Collection.

In this interview, renowned artist Jeff Koons discusses his most iconic works with our curator Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, along with concepts like acceptance, optimism, and the belief in not making judgments, present in his work. The interview takes place at Koons’s studio in New York.

They begin by talking about Puppy, the flower-covered terrier that has been guarding the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao since 1997: “At first, the idea was just celebrating plant art and making a sculpture with a spiritual purpose, like a church or a cathedral—a place where people could gather and discuss transcendental issues.” Then the interview moves on to Tulips, a work in the Celebration series that reflects the artist’s connection to childhood elements.

In the course of the interview, Koons talks about his interest in ready-mades, as well as in experiments with materials, shapes, and scale, which have resulted in amazing, stimulating, high-spirited artworks.

The video is available on the Museum website and social media: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The schedule of the next upcoming video is:

September 2021: Aitor Ortiz and Marta Blavia

Six perspectives The curatorial team at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is made up of five art curators and a curatorial assistant, each of whom will bring their unique vision and career to the project. Below we introduce the team members, as well as some of the most recent exhibitions they have curated at the Museum:

  • Lucía Agirre: A Museum curator since 2000, she has been responsible for exhibitions such as the ones showcasing Olafur Eliasson (2020), Thomas Struth (2019), Marc Chagall (2018), and Bill Viola (2017).

  • Manuel Cirauqui: A Museum curator since 2016, he joined us from the Dia Art Foundation and has curated the exhibitions on William Kentridge (2020), Jesús Rafael Soto (2019), Henri Michaux (2018), and Art and Space (2017).

  • Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimaraes: A Guggenheim Museum Bilbao curator based at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York since 2015, where she also coordinates the Basque Artist Program. She has curated the exhibition devoted to Lygia Clark (2020).

  • Lekha Hileman Waitoller: She joined the Museum as a curator in October 2019 from the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the curator of the recently inaugurated exhibition The line of Wit.

  • Petra Joos: A Museum curator since 2000, she has curated exhibitions including the ones featuring Jenny Holzer (2019), Alberto Giacometti (2018), Georg Baselitz (2017), and Louise Bourgeois (2016).

  • Marta Blavia: A curatorial assistant since 2006, she has worked on the exhibitions dedicated to Kandinsky (2020) and Richard Artschwager (2019), among others, as well as on the Film & Video program.

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