While my mom was in town the other week, we had the immense pleasure of catching the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Centre Pompidou. It’s a showing I’ve been wanting to see for months, and I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint. But then again, enjoying modern art in an architectural masterpiece itself over Paris is very rarely a letdown 😉
I’ve been a huge fan of Jeff Koons since seeing his work exhibited at the LACMA when I was younger. There was something about those big balloon animals that drew me in, and still managed to do so this time around. However, this exhibition featured loads more art than I had ever seen before. The gallery really took you through Koons’ whole career, from his early vacuum cleaners, his work with conceptual photography, and to his recent blue globe pieces. We spent about 45 minutes inside, exploring the vast and open exhibition space. The views of Paris offered by the Centre Pompidou never hurt either. Highlights included:
- his classic balloon animals
- the social commentary made with his reproduction of alcohol advertisements
- the glass blown ballerinas (reminded me of Degas’ paintings)
- seeing the self advertisements he placed in magazines throughout the 80s
- the way his art involves the viewer, from reflections in the shiny surfaces to mirrors that reflect you back at yourself as you are walking by
If you are in Paris, this is not one to miss. It still runs until April 27th, 2015. You can find infos on pricing and the museum itself here. Students get discounted entry, so don’t forget your ID! And if you don’t go for the art, at least go for the city view (free).
This girl just loves social commentary in art, it was an incredible afternoon. Also, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that that pink balloon animal has been transported from Los Angeles to the top floor of the Centre Pompidou. Does anyone else think that’s just crazy?
Have you checked out Jeff Koons at the Pompidou by chance yet? Please comment below if you have any museum recommendations for me in Paris