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Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean

Wow what a Friday morning! A coffee and pastry breakfast in the Ashmolean’s stylish rooftop café and restaurant, followed by an intro to the exhibition by Museum Director, Xa Sturgis and entry to the exhibition.

To quote the Ashmolean: “This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art. Curated with Koons himself, the show features 17 major works, from the 1980s to today, 14 of which have never been to the UK before. They include some of his most well-known series such as Equilibrium, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball paintings and sculpture.”

My favourite aspect of the show was the amazing steel works created to look exactly as if they were made from balloons. Fabulously reflective and larger than life, Venus was the showstopper – voluptuous and bright pink, spectators reflected in her curved surfaces.

A scaled down gift version wasn’t available in the exhibition shop, so I settled on a miniature ceramic balloon dog instead!

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