bourgeois or bust

Jeff Koons (1955-)
“Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona” (1991)
Marble

Created for the “Made in Heaven” exhibition, in which Koons explored the concept of love in relation to his own marriage to porn star Ilona Staller. The couple are depicted within a traditional Baroque style that drew its inspiration from antique classical sculpture. With her plaited hair and string of pearls, Staller appears like Venus, the Greek goddess of love.