Billion dollar developer, Jeff Koons and art guru Eduardo Costantini founder of MALBA Museum, announced and commemorated the official completion and arrival of multi-million dollar Seated Ballerina, a larger-than-life stainless steel sculpture, to MALBA Museum in Buenos Aires, the world’s most impressive collection of contemporary Latin American art in the world. Ballerina will soon call Oceana Bal Harbour a luxury residential glass tower in Miami developed by Costantini, its permanent home.
Below you can find some background info on the project and its owners.
· Seated Ballerina was purchased by Eduardo Costantini for his luxury residential project Oceana Bal Harbour in Miami offering residents collective ownership of the piece as well as another Jeff Koons sculpture Pluto and Proserpina that made its debut in top museums around the world last year
· Seated Ballerina is a larger-than-life sculpture by Jeff Koons. Koons, long known for works that rein-vent readymade sources, took inspiration from a small porcelain ballerina figurine utilizing cutting edge technology
· Seated Ballerina is one of Koons’s latest sculptures in his Antiquity series which began in 2008. The series explores themes such as beauty, fertility, love, and the connectivity in the artistic dialogue that spans the history of man. Of Seated Ballerina, Jeff Koons observes: “Ballerina is like a Venus. You could be looking at a Venus of Willendorf or some of the oldest Venuses. It is really about beauty and even a sense of contemplation, a sense of ease”
· Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons continues the MALBA Esplanade Program initiated during the founding of the museum in 2001 and reactivated in September 2015 with La democracia de un símbolo, a site-specific work by Leandro Erlich. The Esplanade Program is a central exhibition space for conducting large-scale works specially designed and produced for this place or to display relevant projects of great contemporary artists.