By Alexis Culotta

In a fantastic instance of artistic conversation between the contemporary and the cinquecento, Jeff Koons’ monumental sculptural piece, Pluto and Proserpina (2010-2013) was unveiled today in the heart of Florence, adjacent to the replica of Michelangelo’s David (1501-1504) in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Developed out an initiative by the Comune di Firenze and the Mus.e association, this installation will coincide with the presentation of Koons’ Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun) (2013), paired with Donatello’s 15th-century Judith and Holofernes (1460), inside the Palazzo Vecchio. It also serves as a prelude to the 2016 exhibition at the Galleria dell’Accademia that will pair the work of contemporary artists with those by Michelangelo and other masters.

Koons’ Pluto and Prosperpina will be on view from 25 September to 28 December 2015.

Read more: Hannah McGivern, “Jeff Koons Goes Head-to-Head with Michelangelo” (Art Newspaper Online, 1 Sept. 2015).

Jeff Koons, Pluto and Propserpina,2010-2013. Stainless steel with color coating and live flowers. Copyright Jeff Koons.

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun), 2013. Plaster and glass. Copyright Jeff Koons.

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