One moment there’s two Jeff Koons shows, then suddenly there’s only one.
While the Centre Pompidou is getting big crowds and a lot of press (good and bad) for its Jeff Koons retrospective, the Louvre has scrapped its planned exhibit of the artist’s balloon animal sculptures, according to the Art Newspaper. A spokesman for the Centre Pompidou, which was sponsoring the dual exhibit, said that the Louvre portion was cancelled because of a “lack of funding.”
Some of Koons’ best-known sculptures, including Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Swan, and Balloon Monkey, were all supposed to be displayed in the Louvre’s 19th-century galleries. But now, only the Beaubourg Gallery at the Pompidou will be showcasing Koons’ work, along with a special Valentine’s Day social media promotion for the show called #LoveKoons.
The Beaubourg will just have to contend with double the Koons fans now.