For the first time in about five hundred years, a monumental work that is more than three metres high is going to be set in the centre of Palazzo Vecchio: Pluto and Proserpina by Jeff Koons.
This unique event is part of the In Florence project, an ambitious programme that sees the leading players in contemporary art being compared with the spaces and works of the Florentine Renaissance.
The work is deliberately placed alongside the statues created by Michelangelo and Donatello to establish a provocative dialogue between the work of the American artist and the timeless masterpieces of the two Italian Masters.
The exhibition, on display until 28th Dec 2015, also includes Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun), a work created in 2013 representing a cast of the ancient Barberini Faun to which the artist has added a precariously balanced bright blue magic ball with a mirror-like surface.
The exhibition stems from a suggestion by Fabrizio Moretti and is curated by Sergio Risaliti, sponsored by the Florence City Council and organized by Mus.e.
Jeff Koons in Florence comes as a joyful and sophisticated interplay of quotations and references, of contrasts and comparisons between ancient and contemporary, where the shiny surfaces of the works change the dark and magical sense of art, transforming it into something even more mysterious but also wonderfully kitsch.