World's Best Contemporary Easter Egg

ROTTERDAM -- In homage to the holiday today, here is a magnificent contemporary artist's Easter egg.

Over a century ago, 56 artistic Easter eggs created in gold, enamel and gems by Carl Fabergé were made for the Russian Imperial family, between 1885 and 1916.

It was against the extraordinary historical backdrop of Czarist Russia that the artist-goldsmith created his greatest and most enduring achievements -- The Imperial Easter Eggs.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have had the opportunity to review the entire list of Fabergé eggs.

The Imperial Easter eggs are certainly the most celebrated and awe-inspiring of all Fabergé works of art, inextricably bound to the Fabergé name and legend. They are also considered as some of the last great commissions of objets d’art.

The contemporary Easter egg, shown here is not by Fabergé, but by multimillionaire artist, Jeff Koons.

When the Easter egg last sold at a Christie's auction in 2011, it fetched over $8 million.

Museums throughout the world have been lining up to exhibit the immense, 'Baroque Egg with Bow (Orange/Magenta)'.

The private owners of this particular egg, however, chose Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen because of their special link with Rotterdam.

The object is made of high-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating (83½ x 77½ x 60 in). It was executed 1994-2008, and is one of five versions, each uniquely colored. It is on show at the museum for three years. This giant ‘Easter egg’ with magenta bow weighs two thousand kilos.

Thanks to the lenders from Rotterdam, the is permanently on view for the coming years in the museum’s entrance area.

Koons made a total of ten eggs in a period of fourteen years.

Each egg is part of an important private collection, such as those of François Pinault and Damien Hirst. No single egg belongs to any museum collection. As with many of his works, Koons stimulates several senses with his Eggs.

Enormous Objects

Jeff Koons is famous for his enormous objects such as gigantic rabbits and religious pigs with which he topped, until recently, the list of best paid artists ever. Koons is a master of enlarging everyday objects to enormous proportions.

His “new-pop-art type” works are uncritical blow ups of the consumer society. In his creations, he brings together high and low culture in objects that are seductive, but at the same time überkitsch. His New York studio, where more than 80 people work, is reminiscent (as, too, is his work) of Andy Warhol and his Factory in the sixties. By historic similarity, Fabergé also had a factory located in St Petersburg.

Celebration Series

The ten gigantic eggs by Jeff Koons belong to his famous ‘Celebration Series’ which he began in 1994. They were first exhibited for sale at Gagosian Gallery in New York City.

Five of the eggs have a smooth surface: the so-called ‘Smooth Eggs’. The other five are called ‘Baroque Eggs’ and look as if they are packed in crumpled foil.

At first glance, the design seems banal, but refers to ideas such as (re)birth and fertility; recurring themes in the artist’s work.

The coating of the eggs has been applied layer after layer by hand, in order to achieve as glossy an effect as possible. This technique is derived from the automotive industry. Each Egg has been worked on by several people for a whole year.

Other well-known sculptures from the ‘Celebration Series’ are: ‘Balloon Dog’, ‘Hanging Heart’ and ‘Diamond’.

This series also includes, in addition to sculptures, a number of oil paintings. The Celebration works have previously been shown in places such as Versailles (Paris), Neue National Galerie (Berlin) and on the roof of The Metropolitan Museum (New York). All creations in the ‘Celebration Series’ are superbly executed technically.