Seth WardDavid NyaberiArt 10029 January 2018The Puppy The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.
The museum is located in Bilbao Spain. The museum opened on October 18 1997. They have many exhibits that are there permanent and there are some there that are seasonal or there just part of traveling art shows. One of the permanent exhibits there is “Puppy” created by Jeff Koons.
Puppy is one of the most unique pieces of art found anywhere worldwide. Along with being absolutely stunning it also has a very unique history too. A few days before the museum opened, it was almost bombed by three ETA Basque separatists. The three men posed as gardeners working on the sculpture. The men carried flower plots, like the ones found on Puppy, with twelves remote controlled grenades. The firestorm and pursuit soon after luckily only claimed one life.
That life was policeman Jose Aguirre. Today the plaza in which Puppy resides has been renamed in honor of Aguirre. Puppy is a forty three foot tall living plant sculpture. The sculpture is made out of many different colored living plants. The sculpture depicts a West Highland terrier.
Puppy was not always part of their permanent exhibits, at first Puppy travelled to many different countries such as Australia, Germany, and the United States before finding its home in Bilbao Spain. Koons was paid to construct a second Puppy for Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour, this duplicate remains in their Connecticut estate.Jeff Koons was born on January 21, 1955, in York, Pennsylvania. After high school he attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. While earning his M.F.A.
there, he went to an art show at the Whitney Museum in New York. There he encountered an exhibition that would change his life forever. “I remember being an art student and going to the Whitney in 1974 to see the exhibition of Jim Nutt, the Chicago imagist,” Koons says. “It was then I transferred to school in Chicago, all because of that show.” Koons then enrolled to the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008 the school granted him a honorary doctorate.
Koons’ first show was in 1980. He raced onto the art scene with a style that blended several existing styles. He mixed pop, conceptual, craft, appropriation, to create his own unique style of art. Koons is known as an “idea man.” A lot of his work takes on controversial subjects such as gender, race, sex, and fame. Throughout his career he won many awards such as the State Department’s Medal of Arts in 2012, becoming an honorary member of the Royal Academy in London in 2010, and an officer of the French Legion of Honor in 2007.The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum filled with tons and tons of amazing art. But to me, Puppy by Jeff Koons is one of the most unique and beautiful exhibits there.
It is out of the ordinary and something you do not see everyday. It is amazing that someone can turn everyday objects such as pots of flower into a huge outstanding sculpture of a dog.Works Cited”Jeff Koons.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 10 June 2016, www.
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