“JEFF KOONS in Florence,” contemporary vs. Renaissance: September 26 – December 28, 2015

Jeff Koons in Florence

Jeff Koons in Florence

September 26 – December 28, 2015

Opening presentation: Friday, September 25 at 1pm
Palazzo Vecchio Argengario, Piazza della Signoria

"Pluto and Proserpina" by Jeff Koons. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, live flowering plants, 129 x 65 3/4 x 56 5/8 inches, 327.7 x 167 x 143.8 cm © Jeff Koons 2010-2013

“Pluto and Proserpina” by Jeff Koons. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, live plants, 129 x 65 3/4 x 56 5/8 inches, 327.7 x 167 x 143.8 cm © Jeff Koons, 2010-2013

This fall, expect to find a contemporary take on classical sculpture in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, where work by internationally renown artist, Jeff Koons, will be juxtaposed with Renaissance masterpieces.

On September 25th, a monumental work more than 3 meters tall in acidic yellow-colored reflective stainless steel will be placed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in the company of Renaissance sculptures, providing a catalyst for dialogue between an artistic protagonist of our time and Florentine Renaissance artworks and their contexts. Pluto and Proserpina (2010-2013) by Jeff Koons is a contemporary interpretation referencing Bernini’s sculpture, The Rape of Proserpina, housed in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. Koons’s version will certainly contrast with the marble copy of Michelangelo’s David, also in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, and other nearby statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi, with particular affinity to Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines.

"Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun)" by Jeff Koons. Plaster and glass, 70 x 48 x 54 7/8 inches, 177.8 x 121.9 x 139.4 cm  © Jeff Koons Edition of 3 plus 1 AP 2013

“Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun)” by Jeff Koons. Plaster and glass, 70 x 48 x 54 7/8 inches, 177.8 x 121.9 x 139.4 cm © Jeff Koons, 2013

Inside the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall and civic museum of Florence, in the Sala dei Gigli, Koons’s Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun) (2013), from his series of plaster casts of Greco-Roman sculptures, will be on display in the company of Donatello’s original bronze sculpture masterpiece, Judith and Holofernes.

Jeff Koons in Florence, curated by Sergio Risalti, coincides with the opening of Florence’s Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato 29th edition (September 26 – October 4, 2015) where Koons is expected to attend as the guest of honor.  The exhibition, proposed by Fabrizio Moretti, is organised by Mus.e in collaboration with the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato with contributions by the Camera di Commerce, Moretti Fine Art, and David Zwirner.

www.musefirenze.it/en/jeff-koons-in-florence

September 26 – December 28, 2015
Piazza Signora – Arengario, Florence – ITALY
Museo di Palazzo Vecchio – Sala dei Gigli

Museum hours: open 9am-11pm every day except Thursday (closed) until September 30. From October to December, open every day 9am-7pm except Thursday, 9am-2pm.

Tickets: 10 euro for general museum entry

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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