French Art Luminaries Reject Jeff Koons’s Flashy Gift to Paris as a ‘Cynical’ Act of ‘Product Placement’

The prominent cultural personalities have penned an open letter urging the City of Paris not to install the American art star’s sculptural gift.

Naomi Rea, January 23, 2018


Jeff Koons Bouquet of Tulips (2016). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Noirmontartproduction. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Noirmontartproduction. Illustration 3D de l’oeuvre in situ.

Jeff Koons Bouquet of Tulips (2016). ©Jeff Koons. Courtesy Noirmontartproduction. 3D Illustration of the work in situ.

This past Sunday, January 21, French cultural personalities penned an open letter in the daily newspaper Libération urging the city not to go ahead with the planned installation of the gigantic sculpture gifted by Jeff Koons in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Twenty-four artists, museum workers, collectors and politicians, including artists Christian Boltanski and Tania Mouraud, filmmaker Olivier Assayas, and the former Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, have put their name to the letter deeming Koons’s gift symbolically inappropriate, undemocratic, and architecturally, patrimonially, artistically, financially, and technically “shocking.”

Full Article by Naomi Rea

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