Jeff Koons: Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2017

Jeff Koons: Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2017

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Inspired by a twisted rubber balloon rabbit, Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2017, is a highly reflective red porcelain limited edition. Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic Celebration sculptures, Balloon Rabbit, along with two other animals, Balloon Monkey and Balloon Swan, marked a spectacular new chapter in Jeff Koons’s oeuvre.

Why a rabbit? Koons replied: “It comes from my upbringing, I grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, in a rural community, and at special times of the year, people would put things out in their front yard for decoration like reindeer at Christmas time. Around Easter time, there would be inflatable rabbits. I was always struck by the generosity of the neighbors in doing that, giving pleasure to other people in that way. One of the things that I’m most proud of is making work that lets viewers not feel intimidated by art, but feel that they can emotionally participate in it through their senses and their intellect and be fully engaged”.

Whether it is the seductive reflective surface, the intricate knots, creases, or twists, no detail of the work was compromised in rendering the Balloon Rabbit in porcelain. Koons, intrigued by Limoges porcelain, partnered with Bernardaud to realize this complex work. For over 150 years, Bernardaud has worked with the most skilled artisans at their workshop in Limoges and most recently created new technologies to achieve the porcelain Balloon Rabbit (Red) by Jeff Koons.

Porcelain / 11.5 x 5.5 x 8.25 in. / Edition of 999
© Jeff Koons