Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg

clarinet leaning in the wind by coosje van bruggen and claes oldenburg

Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg

Clarinet Leaning in the Wind, 2004

soft shuttlecock, study by coosje van bruggen and claes oldenburg

Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg

Soft Shuttlecock, Study, 1994



Van Bruggen’s first collaboration with Claes Oldenburg was in 1976, when Trowel I, originally shown at Sonsbeek 71, was rebuilt and relocated in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. In 1978 van Bruggen moved to New York, where she continued to work with Oldenburg to establish direct contact with a wider audience by creating large-scale, site-specific works in urban settings.

Their collaboration has extended to smaller-scale park and garden sculptures as well as to indoor installations. The couple, married in 1977, has executed over forty Large-Scale Projects, which have been inserted into various urban surroundings in Europe, Asia, and the United States.


Big Sign… Little Building, curated by Marta Kuzma, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, Norway
Modern Drawings: Tracing 100 Years, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Drawings On Site: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, The Menil Collection, Houton, TX
Claes Oldenburg/Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
If we could Imagine, Glenstone, Potomac, MD
2008 - 2009
Heavy Metal, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Claes Oldenburg: The Store, and Later, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, Germany
Taste of the Modern: Rothko, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Kline, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Pop, Craig F. Starr Associates, New York, NY
Marfa, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX