RxArt, the non-profit organization that curates contemporary art installations in hospital settings, and Kiehl's Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, have partnered to bring the artwork of Jeff Koons to Chicago's Advocate Hope Children's Hospital.
Kiehl's is proud to underwrite the fabrication and installation of works by world-renowned pop artist Jeff Koons on a Philips CT Scanner and throughout the scanner room at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital for RxArt. As a result of this project, Koons' iconic characters will find a permanent home in the hospital's radiology department, to soothe and cheer young patients, and brighten the typically sterile and potentially scary testing environment.
To create the installation, the Philips CT Scanner was painted, and decals featuring Koons' Monkeys were applied to the machine. His iconic Balloon Dog, Hanging Heart, and Donkey imagery were also installed to brighten the room as wallscapes. Koons generously took no artist fee for his participation in this project.
RxArt is a non-profit organization that commissions fine works of contemporary art in hospitals in the United States. The organization came to Advocate Hope Children's Hospital at the urging of Richard E. Heller, III, M.D., the hospital's Section Chief of Pediatric Radiology. A father and contemporary art collector, Dr. Heller learned of RxArt's programs, and contacted the organization to see if they could initiate a project for his patients.
Anedra Kerr, Market Vice President of Development at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, noted that the entire process has been exciting for everyone at the children's hospital. "Our physicians, associates and patients consider this gift to be little works of heaven on earth, and symbols of hope that can take a child's mind out of the hospital even if only for a little while," said Kerr. "We are thrilled that our patients will be able to experience Mr. Koons' amazing creations for years to come and we are so grateful for his generosity, and for RxArt and Kiehl's for bringing Mr. Koons' work to the hospital."
"We are positively thrilled to bring the artwork of one of today's finest contemporary artists to Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, and grateful to Kiehl's, whose sponsorship afforded us the opportunity to work with Mr. Koons," said Diane Brown, President and Founder of RxArt. "Jeff's generosity and support of this project has been unprecedented, and we are honored that he is collaborating with us to help entertain and relieve the stress and anxiety of Chicago's young patients."
Kiehl's has supported RxArt since the organization's inception, and in 2009, donated approximately $80,000 to the organization through a number of initiatives. For the 2009 holiday season, Kiehl's raised both funds and awareness for the organization through a Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, from which 100% of the net profits were donated to RxArt. The labels on the Limited Edition bottles were designed by New York-based, internationally renowned artist, KAWS. To further support the organization, Kiehl's also created a crayon set - also designed by KAWS - that was sold to accompany RxArt's annual "Between the Lines" fund-raising coloring book.
"Since Kiehl's beginnings, it has been our mission to always give back to the communities in which we do business, and to do our part to be a socially responsible citizen," said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl's USA. "RxArt comforts children during their most stressful, often frightening circumstances, and it is our honor to support such a worthwhile organization, put smiles on these children's faces, and help bring art into their young lives."
"We are also honored to be working with an artist of Mr. Koons' caliber, helping to expose his works to Chicago's youth," Salgardo continued. "We hope that this is only the first of many collaborations with this incredible artist."
About Jeff Koons
One of the foremost internationally recognized contemporary artists of our time, Jeff Koons earned renown for his iconic sculptures such as Rabbit (1986), Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) and his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), was installed at the Palace of Versailles in the summer of 2008; the first time the esteemed location opened its doors to a living artist. Koons' work is showcased in the public galleries of the most highly-regarded museums around the world and he has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, the Royal Academy of Arts presented Koons with the Wollaston Award and the John Singleton Copley Award and President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d'Honneur. A staunch supporter of many philanthropic causes leading to creation of The Koons Family Institute, a resource of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, Jeff is also a lover of nature spending time at his family farm in Pennsylvania. Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art; the latter from where he received his BFA. He currently lives and works in New York City.
RxArt, a non-profit organization, is committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through the challenging yet rewarding task of engaging young patients through contemporary art in pediatric hospitals. By curating installations in hospital settings, RxArt provides a humanistic and creative surrounding that helps to relieve stress and anxiety, while increasing appreciation for contemporary art. Kiehl's Since 1851 has been supporting RxArt since 2002. For more information on RxArt visit www.rxart.net.
About Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
Located on the campus of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Hope Children's Hospital opened in 1996 with a vision: to provide state-of-the-art pediatric care to children throughout the region and Midwest. Since then, the hospital has grown to include more than 150 pediatricians. Many of the hospital's faculty are nationally noted in such fields as cancer care, particularly childhood leukemia; pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, treatment of high-risk infants, endocrinology and general surgery. The 69-bed hospital also is internationally noted for pioneering advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease. Hope Children's Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, recognized as one of the leading national health care networks. For more information about Hope Children's Hospital visit www.advocatehealth.com/hope.
About Kiehl's Since 1851
Kiehl's Since 1851 was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York's East Village neighborhood. Its unique and extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations. In addition to Kiehl's freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl's products are available at www.Kiehls.com, by mail order at 1-800-KIEHLS-1 as well as through select specialty retailers worldwide.