Jeff Koons, Pluto and Proserpina (2013)
Jeff Koons, Pluto and Proserpina (2013)

Jeff Koons in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio

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September 26, 2015


December 28, 2015

For the first time in almost five hundred years a new original artwork is placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio, on the platform with statues overlooking the Piazza della Signoria: Pluto and Proserpina, a more than three-metre tall mirror-polished stainless steel statue by the American contemporary artist Jeff Koons. Here the eye-catching work finds itself among Renaissance masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo.

Inside the Palazzo Vecchio another work by Jeff Koons is placed in the Sala dei Gigli: Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun), a plaster cast of the Greco-Roman statue Barberini Faun to which the artist added, in a precarious balance on the figure’s knee, a bright blue ball made of glass. It is part of Koons’ Gazing Ball series, where blue balls, hand blown from glass, have been placed on white plaster sculptures depicting signature examples of antique statues from the Greco-Roman era.

The Sala dei Gigli is a luxurious hall, decorated with frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio and housing the original bronze of Judith and Holofernes (1457) by Donatello, one of the most fascinating and significant sculptures of that period. This makes it an excellent location to compare works from the Renaissance period with contemporary art.

The exhibition Jeff Koons in Florence is the first event in the In Florence series, an ambitious and innovative project that brings contemporary art into the Renaissance locations of Florence.

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