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Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:38

The Louvre Cancels Jeff Koons Exhibit

Last year, news broke that the Louvre planned to install a selection of Jeff Koons’ large-scale balloon sculptures in its nineteenth-century galleries. The exhibit was to complement the Centre Pompidou’s comprehensive Koons retrospective, which originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Now, according to The Art Newspaper, the Louvre has scrapped the Koons installation due to a “lack of funding.”

The works to be exhibited at the hallowed French institution included Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Swan, and Balloon Monkey. The massive sculptures, made of mirror-polished stainless steel, are notoriously difficult (and expensive) to install.

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The wife of photographer Jean-François Bauret has accused Jeff Koons of copying one of her husband's works for the sculpture "Naked" (1988). Bauret died in January 2014 and was particularly known for his nudes.

The sculpture is an edition of three and part of Koons's "Banality" series. It is included in the catalogue for his current retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. However, according to the museum, it was not placed on view in the show due to slight damage it experienced during transport. An edition of the work sold at Sotheby's New York for $9 million in May 2008, according to the artnet Price Database.

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A porcelain sculpture by the American artist Jeff Koons has been taken off display at his retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris amidst plagiarism allegations. A leading French ad company are claiming that the work of art was copied from a campaign dating back to the 1980’s.

The sculpture which has been valued at £15m depicts a woman caught in an avalanche, being rescued by a penguin, standing next to a pig, wearing a floral necklace, carrying a barrel, in the manner of a St Bernard rescue dog. The kitsch work of art has been realistically rendered and is titled "Fait d'Hiver” a play on words for "fait divers.”

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:30

Publicist Sues Jeff Koons for Copyright Infringement

Paris-based publicist Franck Davidovici is accusing American contemporary artist Jeff Koons of unlawfully copying a 1985 advertisement in a work on display in the French capital, the plaintiff's lawyer said Wednesday.

A French bailiff joined last Thursday's crowd at the artist's retrospective at Paris's Pompidou Centre to seize documents and take photos from several angles of the artwork.

Titled "Fait d'Hiver," the porcelain work depicts a scantily dressed woman lying on her back in the snow with a pig and two penguins standing beside her.

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Monday, 24 November 2014 13:50

Jeff Koons Retrospective Heads to Paris

After a wildly successful run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” will open at Paris’ Centre Pompidou on Wednesday, November 26. The show was the last exhibition to be held at the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer-designed building before the museum moves to its new downtown location next year. The most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the groundbreaking and often controversial art of Jeff Koons, the exhibition presents approximately 150 works across a variety of mediums.

During the course of his 35-year career, Koons has emerged as a divisive figure in the art world. Considered a pioneering genius by some, Koons is often dismissed as a peddler of commercialized kitsch by others. Regardless of popular opinion, Koons’ indelible mark on contemporary art is undeniable.

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During the inauguration of the Centre Pompidou’s new Photo Gallery, the museum’s president, Alain Seban, announced plans for an exhibition space dedicated to architecture and design. The new gallery will be located within the Centre Pompidou’s existing building in Paris’ lively Beaubourg neighborhood. According to “The Art Newspaper,” Seban said that he plans “to create, as soon as possible, a gallery of architecture and design by reclaiming spaces closed to the public.”

The new Photo Gallery, which is housed in former technical facilities at the Centre Pompidou, opened to the public on Wednesday, November 5. Stretching over 200 square meters, the gallery allows the museum to display a larger portion of its vast photography collection, which includes 40,000 prints and over 60,000 negatives.

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The Centre Pompidou in Paris is currently hosting Frank Gehry’s first major retrospective in Europe. Gehry, who is best known for his expressive, sculptural buildings, is one of the most influential figures in contemporary architecture. Since opening his first office in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, Gehry has revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics, its social and cultural role, and its relationship to urban environments.

Shortly after opening his own office, Gehry fell in with the California art scene, befriending important artists such as Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Claes Oldenburg. Gehry’s relationships with these artists helped him develop his unique ability to bridge the gap between art and architecture. Additionally, Gehry’s encounter with the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns paved the way for a reconfiguration of his style all together.

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American artist Jeff Koons, who is best known for his reproductions of banal objects, has had a monumental year. In addition to a major installation (which closed last month) at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, Koons is the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art -- the institution’s final exhibit before moving to its new location in the Meatpacking District. The exhibition has been so popular, that the Whitney will stay open for 36 hours before the landmark retrospective closes on October 19. After its run at the Whitney, the Koons retrospective will head to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where it will coincide with a display of works at the Musée du Louvre that will include examples of the artist’s “Balloon Rabbit,” “Balloon Swan,” and “Balloon Monkey” sculptures.

Beyond the museum world, the Koons craze is now spilling into New York’s fall auction season.

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 16:48

Centre Pompidou Plans a Temporary Outpost in Spain

In Spring 2015, Paris’ Centre Pompidou plans to open a temporary outpost in Malága, Spain, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. “Pop-Up Pompidou” will present rotating exhibitions pulled from the Centre Pompidou’s permanent collection -- the largest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. So far, Max Ernst’s “The Imbecile,” Francis Bacon’s “Self-Portrait,” and Picasso’s “The Flowered Hat 10/04/1940” are among the pieces expected to go on view at the pop-up museum.

The Malága City Hall will provide the institution with the iconic building “El Cubo,” or The Cube, a large glass-and-steel structure located on the city’s port, which is among the oldest ports in the world

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As “Birth of a Museum”, the preview show of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's collections, ends today, 28 July, at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Manuel Rabaté, the chief executive of Agence France-Muséums, which manages relations between the planned satellite in the Gulf and its French partner institutions, has told Le Figaro that 300 loans from 13 French museum partners – including the Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou will be announced “by the end of this year”. He also revealed the terms of the loan agreement.

Rabaté, who is based in Abu Dhabi, said the loans will be rotated over a ten-year period, with each work remaining in the Gulf for around a year at a time, and displayed alongside the “500 acquisitions making up the permanent collection.”

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