Starting from October 2021, and until the end of January 2022, Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a major new exhibition, this time dedicated to Jeff Koons, one of the most important and discussed figures in contemporary art globally.
With Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol as primary sources of inspiration, Koons creates works that have sparked wide critical debate and controversy, while at the same time achieving extraordinary success.
The exhibition titled "Jeff Koons. Shine." brings to Florence a selection of the most famous works by the artist who, from the mid-seventies through to today, has revolutionized the international art world. Thanks to loans from the most important collections and major international museums, and in close collaboration with Koons himself, the exhibition presents an original interpretation of his art: the concept of 'shine' intended to play with the ambiguity between splendour and glare, being and appearing.
The creator of works that have entered the collective imagination, the idea of shine is a key principle for Koons in his innovative sculptures and installations, which aim to question our relationship with reality but also with the very concept of a work of art. For Koons, the meaning of the term shine is something that goes beyond a mere idea of decoration or embellishment, and becomes an intrinsic element of his art. Equipped with a reflective property, his works increase our metaphysical perception of time and space, of surface and depth, of materiality and the immaterial.
The highlights of the Palazzo Strozzi exhibition are works that reveal the story of his 40 year-long career, from the famous sculptures in perfectly polished metal that replicate luxury objects or the iconic inflatable toys, such as the famous Rabbit (1986) and Balloon Dog (Red) (1994- 2000), up to the re-interpretation of pop culture characters such as Hulk (Tubas) (2004-2018), or to the re-invention of the concept of the ready-made with the use of everyday objects such as One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. JK 241 Series) (1985).
The exhibition is promoted and organized by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation. Supporters: Municipality of Florence, the Tuscan Regional Council, Florence Chamber of Commerce, Fondazione CR Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi Partner Committee. Main Partner: Intesa Sanpaolo.