Selected Large-scale Projects

Paint Torch, Philadelphia
Tumbling Tacks, Kistefos-Museet, Kistefos, Norway
Big Sweep, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Spring, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, South Korea
Cupid’s Span, Rincon Park, San Francisco, California
Dropped Cone, Cologne Germany
Ago,Filo e Nodo (Needle, Thread and Knot), Milan
Flying pins, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Saw Sawing, Tokyo
Torn Notebook, Lincoln, Nebraska
Inverted Collar and Tie, Frankfurt
Shuttlecocks, Kansas City
Mistos (Match Cover), Barcelona
Spoonbridge and Cherry, Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis.
Buried Bicycle, Parc de la Villete, Paris
Flashlight, Las Vegas
Pool Balls, Münster
Giant Trowel, sculpture garden of the Kröller-Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

Selected Exhibitions

One Thing: Viet-Nam, Art and America’s War, 1965-1975, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., (3/15—7/14/19)
Bright Lights – Jim Haynes, Eleanor D Wilson Museum, Roanoke, Virginia (1/18—3/25/18)
Pop at the Palmer, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (1/9—5/13/18)
Collecting Contemporaries: Recent Acquisitions From the Koch and Wolf Collections, Newfields, Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, Indianapolis, ID (5/4—10/4/18)
Claes Oldenburg: Selected Works, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA (3/12—5/11/18)
Claes Oldenburg: Shelf Life, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA (8/11/18 – 12/2/18)
2018 Student Lending Art Program Exhibition and Lottery, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (9/4—9/16/18)
Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-1971, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (3/19-9/10/17)
Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle, Peter Friedman, Inc., New York (9/12—10/28/17)
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (10/4/17—1/13/18)
The Ordinary Must Not Be Dull: Claes Oldenburg’s Soft Sculptures, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO (7/29-10/15/16)
With a Touch of Pink…With a Bit of Violet…With a Hint of Green: Dorothee Fischer in Memoriam, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany (6/3-7/23/16)
Low, Lyles & King, New York, NY (2/14-3/13/16)
Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy (1/14 – 3/5/16)
Musicurcus. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou Collection, Centre-Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France (4/20/16-7/17/17)
An Imagined Museum Works From the Centre Pompidou, the Tate and the MMK, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (11/20/15-2/14/16); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany (3/24/16-9/11/16); Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France (10/21/16-3/27/17)
Claes Oldenburg, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (11/5 – 12/12/15)
Looking Back 45 Years, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (10/8 – 11/25/15)
A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, Pace Gallery, London, UK (2/6 – 4/1/15)
From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967–1971, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (3/14 – 10/18/15)
Dissolving Margins, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (3/19 – 4/18/15)
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (5/1 – 9/27/15)
Ludwig Goes Pop, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (10/2/14 – 1/11/2015)
Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (4/14-8/5)
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (11/5/12 – 1/31/13)
Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2/4 – 5/28/12), traveling to Ludwig Museum, Cologne (6/23 – 9/30/12), Guggenheim, Bilbao (October 2012 – March 2013), Museum of Modern Art, New York (April – August 2013), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (9/21 – 1/14/14)
Family Portrait, Carriage Trade, New York, NY (10/19 – 12/9/12)
Screw You, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY (5/31 – 7/13/12)
Claes Oldenburg Coosje Van Bruggen: Theater and Installation 1985-1990), Pace Gallery, New York, NY (4/27 – 6/23/12)
Drawn, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (1/7 – 3/10/12)
Big Sign… Little Building, curated by Marta Kuzma, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, Norway (9/15- 11/6/10)
Modern Drawings: Tracing 100 Years, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD (2/13-4/2/10)
Drawings On Site: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, The Menil Collection, Houton, TX (5/9 – 10/11/09)
Claes Oldenburg/Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Whitney Museum of American Art (5/7-8/30/09)
If we could Imagine, Glenstone, Potomac, MD (3/09- 12/10)
Claes Oldenburg: The Store, and Later, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, Germany (1/7-2/23/08)
Taste of the Modern: Rothko, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Kline, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC (10/11/07-9/14/08)
Pop, Craig F. Starr Associates, New York (2/17-3/18/06)
Claes Oldenburg Coosje Van Bruggen: Sculpture By The Way, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, (10/24/06)
Images a la Carte, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, (9/3- 10/22/05)
Images a la Carte, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (4/24-6/30/05)
Marfa, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas (2/20-4/3/04)
10th Anniversary of the Lifetime Achievment in Contemporary Sculpture Award International Sculpture Center, December 2002
30 Years of Landfall Press, Gerhard Wurzer Gallery, Houston (July/August 2002)
Drawings, 1959-62, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2/14-3/23/02)
From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (11/3/02 – 2/3/03)
Claes Oldenburg Coosje van Bruggen, PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York (5/3 – 6/28/02)
Sculpture, Mitchell-Innes-Nash, (4/19-5/02)
Down Liquidambar Lane: Sculpture in the Park Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal. Permanent installation opening May 2001.
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy. Including new works like the Lion’s Tail and Corridor Pin.

Selected Lectures

James T. Demetrion Lecture, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Coosje van Bruggen

Born 1942 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Deceased 2009.


Ph.D. in art history from the University of Groningen


1996-7 Senior Critic in the Department of Sculpture at Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT
1993 Conducted a seminar with Milfred Friedman and Billie Tsien in the Graduate Architecture Center at Harvard, Boston. MA
1982 Member of the selection committee for Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany
1971-6 Teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede
1967-71 Member of the curatorial staff of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam


1985 Conceived the characters for and was a co-author of Il Corso del Coltello with Claes Oldenburg and Frank Gehry. Performed in Venice, Italy in 1985
1983-8 Contributor to Artforum. Has written on Richard Artschwager, Hanne Darboven, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg and Gerhard Richter

Claes Oldenburg

Born 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden


1946-1950 Yale University. Apprentice reporter at the Chicago City News Bureau, studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago
Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Kunstmuseum Basel
Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Modern Art New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, the Netherlands
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Tate Gallery, London
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Updated: November 17, 2018