Pace Gallery in Palm Beach will present the sculpture by Jeff Koons Venus Hohlen Fels Balloon (Magenta), 2013-2019, from January 14 to 30. This sculpture is one of the largest works in Koons’ famous “Antiquity” series and marks the first time that the work has been exhibited publicly.
Koons is internationally recognized for his sculptures and paintings which unite conceptualism and ready-made. Over the past four decades, Koons has redefined minimalism and pop art with his practice that pushes the boundaries. Often working at ambitious scales, he has created iconic works of art deeply engaged in popular culture, mass media, art and human history.
For his first presentation with Pace since joining the gallery in 2021, Koons will show Venus Hohlen Fels Balloon (Magenta), a mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture that references Hohle Fels’ 40,000-year-old ivory statuette of Venus, found in a cave near Schelklingen, Germany, in 2008. Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels is part of Koons’ Antiquity series, a body of work that includes four sculptures inspired by Paleolithic sculptures of Venus.
At Koons Venus balloon sculptures, the artist uses his balloon formations par excellence to represent female bodies and cultivate a dialogue between contemporary aesthetics and the first examples of human ingenuity. As with all of Koons’ work, the âAntiquityâ series establishes links beyond geographic and temporal boundaries.
âYou have a surface that speaks a lot of the moment, and you see it, and it asserts you, and as you move around, the abstraction changes,â Koons said. “But at the same time, it takes you back to about 35,000 years ago.”
Koons’ solo exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and the Qatar Museums in Doha will run alongside his presentation with Pace in Palm Beach. In June 2022, the artist will open a presentation at the DESTE Foundation Project Space in Hydra, Greece. In 2023, Koons will present a solo exhibition of new work at the Pace Gallery in New York.