Artist/provocateur Jeff Koons is one of the most well-known and intriguing artists of the 20th century. His works, with their seductive surfaces and flawless execution, transform everyday objects and fantasies into high art. This exhibition is conceived in close collaboration with the artist to create a carefully selected survey focusing on his most iconic sculptural works. The MCA presented Koons’s first American survey in 1988, before he began his often controversial series of works in porcelain. It is fitting for the MCA to revisit the career of this now-seminal figure in contemporary art and to explore his work’s significance for a new generation.
Many of the works included in the exhibition come from the MCA’s own collection with in-depth concentrations of Koons’s work. Additional new paintings by Koons are also included. Jeff Koons is developed as a unique presentation for Chicago, which will be its only venue.
The exhibition is guest curated by Francesco Bonami and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Major support for Jeff Koons is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris. This exhibition is also made possible through the generous support of the Broad Art Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by Neil G. Bluhm; The Stephanie and Peter Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut; Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Foundation; Gagosian Gallery; Andrea and Jim Gordon; Anne and Ken Griffin; Cari and Michael Sacks; Sonnabend Gallery; Helen and Sam Zell; Dakis Joannou; and Gallery Seomi, Seoul, Korea; and Danielle and David Ganek. In addition, financial support from Gallery Seomi, Seoul, Korea, has helped make this project possible.
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