Published on Monday, 20 October 2014
Jeff Koons is one of the most popular and influential contemporary artists in the world. His works are found in galleries and private collections in many countries and sell for huge sums. His work has proved controversial, polarising critics and receiving extreme reactions. From November 26th to April 27th the Pompidou Centre will be presenting the first major retrospective of his work, allowing you to make up your own mind.
An exhibition of the astonishing artworks of Jeff Koons
The American artist Jeff Koons first rose to prominence in the 1980s. He became known for turning everyday, even banal, objects into artistic icons, creating a form of conceptual sculpture that explores the boundaries between high art and an often disposable mass culture. His work is produced in a number of cycles or series, each presenting a fresh concept. Perhaps most famous for reproducing balloon animals in shiny stainless steel, he rejects the concept of hidden meanings in his work, insisting that all can be perceived and understood at first glance. However, celebrity, taste, commerce and pleasure all factor in to his often controversial oeuvre.
In partnership with New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, the forthcoming exhibition at the Pompidou Centre will reveal the full extent of Koons’ work with 150 pieces from the late 70s to the present arranged in chronological order. This will enable the visitor to see each piece of the artist’s output in context, as a multifaceted whole that is breathtakingly audacious in extent. If you are unfamiliar with the artist’s work, it will be a true eye opener.
Jeff Koons, exhibition from November 26, 2014 to April 27, 2015
Centre Pompidou, Galerie 1
Main entry : Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4ème
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Picture 'Jeff Koons - Tulips - Steel sculptures, 2004 at Hanover' copyright holder : Photographe Axel Hindemith - wikimedia commons
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