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Jeff Koons in Versailles

Posted in Art by petercombe on September 12, 2008

Art world provocateur Jeff Koons  has ruffled feathers in France by installing his immense, kitschy statues in the storied Palace of Versailles. The groundbreaking exhibition, which opened Wednesday and runs through December, features 17 Koons works including a giant balloon dog, enormous aluminum lobster, and a ceramic ode to Michael Jackson and his pet chimp Bubbles. Koons’ 3,500 lb. Hanging Heart sculpture fetched $23.4 million at auction in November. 


Workers clean a sculpture titled “Balloon Dog” in advance of the show. 

The 1994-2000 magenta dog opens the Versailles exhibition. The best and biggest of the indoor Koons displays at Versailles, it is a blindingly shiny pink pooch with body parts like bloated sausages. It fills the Salon d’Hercule. 

The exhibition is open until Dec. 14, 2008.

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