Jeff Koons: Popeye Series @ Serpentine Gallery

Jeff Koons: Popeye SeriesJeff Koons monkeys

昨日に続いて、サーペンタイン・ギャラリーの展覧会について。キッチュで巨大なオブジェで知られるアメリカ人アーティスト、ジェフ・クーンズJeff Koons)の「Popeye Series」展が、7月2日から9月13日まで開催されている。ちなみにクーンズは、70〜80年代に一世を風靡した?ハンガリー人でイタリアに帰化したポルノ女優で現在は政治活動もするチチョリーナの元夫だそうだ。

クーンズが2002年に始めた「Popeye series」は、日常生活のオブジェや子供のおもちゃ、ポパイをはじめとするアメリカン・コミック等を組み合わせたシュールなアート作品を展示。私好みじゃないし、作品も意味不明だが、ビニール製のロブスターがゴミ箱と椅子の上で逆立ちしている作品「Acrobat」等は、かなり笑える。私のお気に入りは、写真中の空気を入れたビニール製のサル3匹と椅子を天井から吊るした作品。作品の意図が分からなくてもご安心を。本人は「there are no hidden meanings in my works(自分の作品に隠された意味はない)」と公言しており、「なにこれ?」って言う作品にもったいぶって意味付けをするアーティストが多い中、潔い姿勢だと感心する。

Today’s topic is about Serpentine Gallery again. From July 2 to September 13, The gallery hosts the exhibition ‘Popeye Series‘ by an American artist, Jeff Koons, known for his giant reproductions of banal objects. By the way, I didn’t know that Koons is an ex-husband of Cicciolina (Ilona Staller), a Hungarian-born naturalized-Italian porn star who was popular in 70-80s and turned to politics.

‘Popeye series’ started in 2002, presents Koon’s works incorporating with his ideas and motifs such as surreal combinations of everyday objects, cartoon imagery (like Popeye), art-historical references and children’s toys. The works are not my cup of tea and pretty meaningless, but some works, such as ‘Acrobat‘ with inflated lobster handstanding on a trash can and a chair, are pretty funny. My favorite work is the inflated vinyl monkeys and a chair hanging from the ceiling in a photo above. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what his works are. Koons stated “there are no hidden meanings in my works.” Don’t you think it is cool of him to say it, while many artists often boast the grand ‘meaning’ of their incomprehensible works?

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