Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean

7 Feb – 9 Jun 2019

Jeff Koons Exhibition Reviews

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.

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

Jeff Koons


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.



Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment, and to guarantee entry at a preferred time.

Some tickets may be available on the day of your visit, but this cannot be guaranteed.

We expect the exhibition to be very busy at weekends and during school holidays.

For more information about tickets please see the 'Visiting and Tickets' section, above, or see our Ticket Information Page.



We recommend you book your tickets online using the links above.

Our telephone line can get very busy so we recommend you book online to avoid waiting. To book exhibition tickets by telephone please call 01865 278 112. You can also buy tickets at the museum, on the day of your visit, if the exhibition has not already sold out for a time slot.



Please contact the Ashmolean Box Office

01865 278112


If possible please email us before your visit so we can help you with any ticketing issues. Our telephone line can get very busy and we are not always able to respond to messages on the same day.



Members and Patrons of the Ashmolean do not need to book for this exhibition.

Please present your valid Membership card at the exhibition entrance. You may visit as many times as you like.



UK school groups can visit our temporary exhibitions free of charge. Booking is essential.

We offer teachers a previsit complimentary exhibition ticket. Contact the Education team by email to arrange your visit:



Yes. Please click here to download our exhibition Teachers' Notes.



Yes. Please click here to download our Jeff Koons family trail, or pick one up at the welcome desk.



The show features 17 major works by the contemporary artist Jeff Koons, 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.



There are 17 artworks in this exhibition. One painting from the 'Antiquities' series, on display in the second gallery, features an antique sculpture with an erect penis.

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%. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible with handheld labels available.



Yes! You are welcome to take photographs in this exhibition for personal, non-commercial use.

Please do not use flash, tripods, or selfie sticks.

The commercial use, or reproduction, of any image without the express permission of the copyright holder is not permitted. You are responsible for ensuring your photographs do not infringe copyright.



Exhibition Tours

Tours of the exhibition take place every Wednesday, 3.30–4.15pm.
Tours are FREE with the price of an exhibition ticket. No further booking is required.


Jeff Koons Catalogue
Jeff Koons Poster
Jeff Koons Clutch Bag
Glass Lobster


For press releases and images, or to contact the Press Office, please click here
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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