Jeff Koons


Jeff Koons, Pink Panther, 1988, Porcelain, Edition 1 of 3, 41 x 20 ½ x 19 in. (104.1 x 52.1 x 48.3 cm), Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.57 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


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.