A customer by accident smashed a Jeff Koons’ paintings

On the ultimate day of American artist, Jeff Koons‘ one-work exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, disaster struck when a visitor touched the cobalt blue glass ball attached to a painting and it shattered in pieces. ‘Gazing Ball’ was hooked up to a replica of an altarpiece by the 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist, Pietro Perugino, known as Madonna and Child with Four Saints (1500-1501).

US artist Jeff Koons poses together with his piece ‘Gazing Ball in 2016, throughout an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Image: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

It was on show as a part of the Masterworks rotating exhibition, which focuses on a single murals at one time. It has been reported that the customer who touched the paintings is deeply shocked, however there was no suggestion of sabotage. “We are still investigating exactly what happened,” spokesman Martijn van Schieveen instructed the Volkskrant newspaper. “He wanted to touch the artwork like lots of other people. Then the ball shattered. There was a line on the ground to show that visitors are not allowed to get too near. The security guards also watch out that it doesn’t happen.’”

Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints), 2014–15 by Jeff Koons. Image: De Nieuwe Kerk

The work is from the Gazing Ball Paintings sequence by Koons, which started in 2014. The concept is that the mirrored sphere that sits on a painted aluminium shelf hooked up to the entrance of the portray and it displays the viewers and their environment, drawing them into the work and making a three-dimensional interactive expertise. To create this new work, Jeff Koons meticulously analysed the color utilized by Perugino, and he and his assistants reproduced each element of the portray utilizing 1000’s of various hand-mixed colors.

US artist Jeff Koons ‘s artwork ‘Gazing Ball’ when it was a part of the exhibition ‘A Brief History of the Future’ on the Louvre museum in Paris in 2015. Image: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

According to the press release issued by the church, the Masterworks sequence presents artistic endeavors which might be so extraordinary, they’re virtually by no means loaned out due to their fragility or their standing as beloved favourites. Previously featured artists have included Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall and Francis Bacon. You can learn extra concerning the sequence on De Nieuwe Kerk’s web site right here.

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