Pompidou Plans Koons Retrospective

Paris -- The Jeff Koons retrospective, which opens at the Centre Pompidou 26 November, is designed to take stock of a large body of work, now inseparable from the artist who created it.

This traveling exhibition was recently the final exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art before its move to new premises downtown.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have observed a French love affair with Jeff Koons:

In 1987, the Musée National de l'Art Moderne, at the Centre Pompidou, staged a group exhibition under the aegis of Walter Hopps (then director of the Menil Collection in Houston), with the alluring title of Les Courtiers du Désir ("The Courtiers of Desire") featuring five promising young artists, including a man of 32 who was enchanted to be taking part, Jeff Koons.

In 2000, the Musée National de l'Art Moderne, with the collaboration of Philippe Vergne, invited a mature man Jeff Koons, age 45, to have an exhibition.

Later this month, under the aegis of Scott Rothkopf, the museum is devoting a retrospective to Jeff Koons, the middle-aged global institution.

Rabbit Returns

Twenty-seven years have passed since Rabbit came to the Centre Pompidou. The creator of the stainless steel balloon animal has become one of the most infamous and controversial artists in the contemporary art scene.

He is one of those who attracts so much criticism that you wonder whether it is actually the work that is being judged, or the mythology of a man who has become a figure.

This retrospective is designed to take stock of an unquestionably great body of work, now inseparable from the man who created it.

Intimately linked with the work he has built up, Jeff Koons has been in the news more than once during the last 35 years.

From his first deliberately childish objects, to the archetypal polychrome steel figures standing proudly in public institutions and private foundations; from the advertising images transformed into paintings, to the corporate gifts that have become trophies in the top public sales; and from advertisements for masterclasses awarded to attentive children in art magazines to pornographic images embodying what the artist calls "love and spirituality"; the work of Koons has constantly defied good judgement and taste, stimulating desire in a quest to assert its iconic and symbolic value.

This first retrospective in Europe is essential for a decision on the actual evidence.

Technical Ambition

Visitors will see that the artist, all through his obsessional work, has constantly called on artisans and manufacturers to produce pieces of increasing technical ambition.

From the early assemblages seeking to synthesize Pop and Minimalism to the plaster moulds embellished with decorations for parks and gardens, Koons has sought to establish his approach through a succession of series with subjects that speak to everybody, in an attempt to reconcile modern art and popular culture.

Several decades have passed, and Jeff Koons seems to have maintained an incurable optimism.

H&M Bag

To mark the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Pompidou Center, Jeff Koons has teamed up with Exhibition sponsor H&M to launch an arty bag on December 10, 2014.

The Jeff Koons Bag is a black leather handbag, decorated with his Balloon Dog design and was originally created last July to celebrate the opening of the H & M’s New York flagship store on 5th Avenue. This time however, the Balloon Dog appears in magenta pink.

Don’t miss this limited edition piece, exclusively available in the H&M boutique on the Champs Elysées from December 10th only, between 8:30am and 11am, as well as on http://hm.com
This is bound to be a collectors item destined for Ebay.

Jeff Koons for H&M bag, €39.90 . Exclusive to the H & M Champs Elysées boutique, December 10th between 8h30 and 11h

Jeff Koons Retrospective Exhibition 26 November 2014 - 27 April 2015 Galerie 1 - Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Today's homepage Featured Art Video recaps Jeff Koons' recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUIWn9XS-2E&sns=em