Renaissance Exhibit Incorporates Koons

FLORENCE -- The Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze has unveiled a bold intervention that juxtaposes two large sculptural works by Jeff Koons with architecture and artworks of the Florentine Renaissance, including works by Donatello (1386-1466) and Michelangelo (1475-1564).

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Initiated by Fabrizio Moretti, director of the Biennale and curated by art historian Sergio Risaliti, “Jeff Koons: In Florence” is on show until December 28, 2015 in the Room of the Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio and at the Piazza della Signoria

The centerpiece of the intervention is the installation of Jeff Koons’ monumental 3-meter-tall mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture, “Pluto and Proserpina”, in front of the Piazza della Signoria alongside a marble copy of Michelangelo’s “David.”

According to the Biennale, “the two figures of Pluto and Proserpina, which cling to each other in a dramatic and sensual embrace, will shine in the daylight and, illuminated by night, are bound to create a jarring contrast with the pieces in marble and bronze in the square.”

The second of the Koons Sculptures, “Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun)” 2013, shown here, has been placed in the Room of the Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio next to an original bronze sculpture by Donatello of “Judith and Holofernes” (ca. 1457-64).

Koons explains that his Gazing Ball series is based on the philosopher’s gaze, starting with transcendence through the senses, but directing one’s vision (the philosopher’s gaze) towards the eternal through pure form and ideas.

“I’ve thought about the gazing ball for decades. I’ve wanted to show the affirmation, generosity, sense of place, and joy of the senses that the gazing ball symbolizes. The Gazing Ball series is based in transcendence,” says Koons.

“The realization of one’s mortality is an abstract thought and from there, one is able to have a concept of the external world, one’s family, community, and a vaster dialogue with humankind beyond the present.”

Promoted by the Comune di Firenze, “Jeff Koons: In Florence” is organized by Mus.e with the contribution of Camera di Commercio, Moretti Fine Art, and David Zwirner, in the collaboration with the Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze.

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