Pace presents Jeff Koons's sculpture Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta) in Palm Beach
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Pace presents Jeff Koons's sculpture Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta) in Palm Beach
Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta), 2013-2019. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. 101 x 74 1/16 x 65 1/4 inches, 256.5 x 188.1 x 165.7 cm. One of five unique versions. © Jeff Koons.

PALM BEACH, FLA.- Pace is presenting Jeff Koons’s sculpture Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta) (2013-2019) at its Palm Beach gallery. This sculpture is one of the largest works from the artist’s renowned Antiquity series, and marks the first time the work is being exhibited publicly.

Koons, who is among the world’s most influential living artists, is internationally renowned for sculptures and paintings that unite conceptualism and the readymade. Over the course of more than four decades, Koons has redefined Minimalism and Pop art with his boundary-pushing practice. Often working at ambitious scales, the artist has created iconic artworks deeply engaged with popular culture, mass media, art and human history.

For his first presentation with Pace since joining the gallery in 2021, Koons will show Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta), a mirror-polished stainless-steel sculpture that references the ancient mammoth ivory Venus of Hohlen Fels statuette, dated between 40,000 and 35,000 years ago, uncovered in a cave near Schelklingen, Germany in 2008. Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels is part of Koons’s Antiquity series, a body of work that includes four sculptures inspired by Paleolithic sculptures of Venuses.

In Koons’s Balloon Venus sculptures, the artist utilizes his quintessential balloon formations to represent female bodies and cultivate a dialogue between contemporary aesthetics and early examples of human ingenuity. As with other bodies of work by Koons, the Antiquity series forges connections across geographical and temporal boundaries.

“You have a surface that very much is about the moment, and you view it, and it affirms you, and when you move, the abstraction changes. But at the same time it draws you back around 35,000 years ago,” the artist has said of Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels.

Koons’s solo exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and the Qatar Museums in Doha will run concurrently with 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 Pace’s New York gallery.

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