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Jeff Koons at the 'Mucem'

19/05/2021 > 18/10/2021

The “Mucem” welcomes until October 18th, the american artist Jeff Koons. A contemporary artist whose inspiration and imagination has no limits !

Published on 23 April 2021

But, who is Jeff Koons ?

Jeff Koons is an American visual artist, born in the 1950s in Pennsylvania. He excels in many fields, painting, sculpture, photography… We define him as a neo-pop artist. He draws his inspiration from everyday objets, from everyday life. In the 70s he worked on painting with the artist Ed Paschke, the latter will have a lot of influence on him, we can find in his works this “cartoons” side so dear to Ed Paschke. It is in the 80s that he begins to be recognized.  Since then, his fame continues to grow. In 2008, he displayed at the palace of “Versailles”, the exhibition was much talked about.

The Mucem exhibition

It all started with an invitation made by the president of the Mucem to the artist during a meeting. The artist accepted the invitation and went to Marseille to visit the museum and its collections of popular art, which he particularly liked. He then imagined an exhibition that would be like a dialogue between the pieces of the Mucem collection (photography, daily life objects, documents…) and his own works.  For this new scenography, he chose nearly 200 objects and 20 pieces of his works, 19 of which are lent for the occasion by the ‘Pinault Collection’. The exhibition retraces 40 years of his career.
It is in front of the sea in this exceptional place and on 1200sqm that will take place this, we will find his iconic works, such as ‘Baloon dog’ or ‘Lobster’ or ‘Bluebird Planter’.

Credit photo :
7. Jeff Koons. Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994-2000. Acier inoxydable au poli miroir avec revêtement transparent de couleur. 307,3 x 363,2 x 114,3 cm ; 121 x 143 x 45 inches. 1 des 5 versions uniques. Pinault Collection © Jeff Koons, photo © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, photo Erika Barahona Ede


9. Jeff Koons. Hanging Heart (Red/Gold), 1994–2006. Acier inoxydable au poli miroir avec revêtement transparent de couleur. 291 x 280 x 101,5 cm ; 114 5/8 x 110 1/4 x 40 inches. Chaîne de longueur variable. 1 des 5 versions uniques. Pinault Collection © Jeff Koons, photo : Vue d’installation à la Punta della Dogana, 2009 © Palazzo Grassi / ORCH orsenigo-chemollo

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