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Jeff Koons

Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons (group show)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
21 October 2017 – 31 March, 2019

Jeff Koons, Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Dr. JK Silver Series), 1985. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.55.a–k. © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Jeff Koons, Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Dr. JK Silver Series), 1985. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.55.a–k. © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

For the MCA’s 50th anniversary, we are bringing together two of the most important artists in the museum’s history, as well as icons of the last 100 years. Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons finds common ground between these seemingly disparate artists, with Alexander Calder’s weightless sculptures nominally representing “heaven” and Jeff Koons’s celebrations of the mundane and concrete as “earth.” This pairing highlights both artists’ interest in playing with balance and gravity to make compelling sculptural statements, while reveling in the contrasts between high art aspirations and mundane material choices.

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In the early 1980s, Koons (American, b. 1954) ushered in an influential new era of art with works that borrow from liquor advertisements or posters of basketball legends, as well as over-the-top celebrations of household goods like vacuum cleaners, in order to redefine the boundaries of taste. His star power was recognized early on and the MCA organized his first museum exhibition in 1988, and revisited his work with a major survey in 2008. Thanks to many generous gifts, the MCA collection holds his work in depth.

This playful and unexpected pairing of two of the most recognized artists of the modern era have an extended presence in the MCA’s galleries and will be updated periodically with substitutions by both artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


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Günther Förg, Jeff Koons et al.

General Rehearsal. A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA and KADIST (group show)
MMOMA, Moscow
26 April - 16 September 2018

General Rehearsal is a multidisciplinary project conceived and realised in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. This content-rich presentation will combine three international art collections and feature work by over one hundred artists. Designed to evolve and change like a living organism that adapts and responds to its environment, General Rehearsal adopts the structure of a theatrical play, developing over three acts staged over a five-month period. With the project V-A-C introduces a more fluid, transparent method of working collectively and engaging all disciplines equally.

V-A-C Foundation


Jeff Koons

SEA OF DESIRE (group show)
Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles
2 June - 4 November 2018

The phrase SEA OF DESIRE, written in sprawling letters on a large-scale painting by Ed Ruscha, greets the visitors at the end of their journey through the Porquerolles forest. ‘Words have temperature’, states the artist, ‘When they reach a certain point and become burning words, then they appeal to me….’. The ’word temperature’ of SEA OF DESIRE is hot, boiling over with ambiguous meaning. On the one hand, this sentence expresses the Eros drive and our desire for beauty. On the other, it contains our irresistible attraction to drama and potentially, destruction.

These two contrary and inseparable predilections sit at the heart of a literary masterpiece, written not far from Porquerolles, at Sanary sur Mer, in 1931: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This science-fiction novel anticipated profound social changes due to new technologies, propaganda and mind control. Thirty years later, Huxley revisited his novel and reassessed that the world was fulfilling his prophecy in high-speed: a seductive world entertaining for the masses, but rotten and manipulative under the surface.

Fifty years ago in France, in May 1968, there was an awakening. The outbursts meant protest, civil disobedience, as well as newfound freedoms and the upheaval of old rules and systems. The exhibition SEA OF DESIRE does not throw paving stones, as in the May 1968 movement, but it does confront the viewer with artworks that challenge their appetite for revolt, freedom and beauty.

SEA OF DESIRE is devised as a journey guided by the thread of desire, which visitors must follow in order to lose themselves, from the first staircase that leads them beneath the surface. Rebellious iconic artists are in dialogue with each other throughout the eight chapters that structure the exhibition, from ‘Pop Icons Reloaded’ to ‘Brave New World Revisited’, including Sandro Botticelli, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, along with younger artists whose artistic voices are no less loud and clear.

Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles


Jeff Koons

De Calder à Koons, bijoux d’artistes. La collection idéale de Diane Venet (group show)
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
7 March - 9 September 2018

From Alexander Calder to Jeff Koons and ranging from Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint Phalle to César, Takis and Louise Bourgeois, a host of modern and contemporary artists have taken a close interest in jewellery. Diane Venet, who has collected artist’s jewellery for more than thirty years, is sharing her passion for these miniature artworks that often echo the artist’s formal language. Her collection of some 230 pieces, complemented by exceptional loans from galleries, collectors and the artists’ families, chronologically and thematically illustrates the work of 150 French and foreign artists. From March 7 to July 8, 2018, Diane Venet’s jewellery collection will be showcased in an exhibition designed by interior architect Antoine Plazanet and graphic designers ÉricandMarie.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris


Jeff Koons

The Sonnabend Collection. Part II (group show)
Museu Serralves, Porto
11 May - 23 September 2018

Jeff Koons, Hulk (Friends), 2004–12 © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Hulk (Friends), 2004–12 © Jeff Koons

Following the presentation of The Sonnabend Collection. Half a Century of American and European Art. Part I in 2016, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents a major exhibition devoted to the Sonnabend Collection, The Sonnabend Collection. Part II.

Created by the influential art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, the Sonnabend Collection is considered one of the most important collections of American and European art of the second half of the twentieth century, representing some of the most influential western art movements of our time. While known for her support of the prime artistic protagonists of pop art, minimalism, arte povera, post-minimalism and conceptual art, Sonnabend’s engagement continued up to her death in 2007.

Part II will not be a chronological continuation of Part I, in 2016, but an exploration of two other themes present in the Sonnabend Collection:  the use of photography starting with conceptual art in the 1960s and coming up to the present; and the work of artists from the 1980s which relate to pop art, minimalism, and conceptual art. The exhibition will include works by Gilbert & George, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Baldessari, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Candida Hofer, Haim Steinbach and Ashley Bickerton, among others. A presentation of sculptures by Jeff Koons, produced between 1985 and 2012, will constitute a small retrospective exhibition of works by this iconic American artist.

Museu Serralves, Porto


Jeff Koons

Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists' Visions (group show)
The Getty Villa, Los Angeles
18 April - 3 September 2018

Jeff Koons, Play-Doh, 1994–2014 © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Play-Doh, 1994–2014 © Jeff Koons

Plato is one of the founding figures of Western civilization. His legacy encompasses ethics, politics, theology, and poetics. In this exhibition at the Getty Villa, a museum exploring classical art and culture, some of today's most celebrated artists consider Plato's impact on the contemporary world. In the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations, they respond to his contribution to philosophy—from defining the ideal to understanding the human condition—while fostering the ultimate Platonic experience: contemplation.

The Getty Villa, Los Angeles


Rineke Dijkstra, Jeff Koons et al.

MoMA at NGV (group show)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
9 June – 7 October 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, March 14, 1994 , 1994 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, March 14, 1994 , 1994 © Rineke Dijkstra

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will present MoMA at NGV as the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition in 2018. MoMA at NGV will provide a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of approximately 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections, the exhibition will trace the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a renowned institution dedicated to championing innovative modern and contemporary art. The Museum opened in Manhattan in 1929, with the vision to become ‘the greatest modern art museum in the world’. This is reflected in its interdisciplinary collection of almost 200,000 works by over 10,000 artists, shared between six curatorial departments: Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Film, Media and Performance Art, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne