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Delving Into Art- The Broad Museum

Jeff Koons “Balloon Venus (Magenta)” came into our collection on this day in 2012. The work is a contemporary take on some of the oldest sculptural depictions of the female form — some dating back over 30,000 years. The most famous of which is Venus of Willendorf. (#JeffKoons, Balloon Venus (Magenta), 2008–2012, © Jeff Koons)



“This sculpture is actually made of heavy stainless steel. It’s called ‘Balloon Dog’ and it’s by Jeff Koons. Jeff wanted us to remember the joys of having a birthday, so in 1994 he began a series of work called Celebration. ‘Balloon Dog’ is part of it.” 



Jean-Michel Basquiat passed away on this day in 1988. “Eyes and Eggs” from our collection includes one of Basquiat’s most expressionistic and wholly rendered characters (much of his work includes more skeletal figures). If you look closely, you can see the scale of the piece by the sneaker prints running across it (it’s about 10×8 ft). (#JeanMichelBasquiat, Eyes and Eggs, 1983, © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat)



“Try to imagine the kinds of people who will pass the building, go in, see things that they would otherwise never have encountered. In the end, that is the greatest gift.” – President Bill Clinton, at The Broad’s inaugural celebration (pictured with Eli Broad and Joanne Heyler)

Credits: The Broad Museum

Photographed by: Ben Gibbs

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