jeff koons inflates 45-foot-high seated ballerina in new york's rockefeller center

jeff koons inflates 45-foot-high seated ballerina in new york's rockefeller center

in the middle of rockefeller center, jeff koons has installed a 45-foot-high inflatable nylon sculpture that towers above visitors to the iconic new york city plaza. the larger-than-life ‘seated ballerina’ — scaled up from the artist’s ‘antiquity’ series — symbolically refers to themes of beauty and connectivity, serving as a contemporary interpretation of the mythological goddess venus.

jeff koons seated ballerina
the larger-than-life ‘seated ballerina’ is scaled up from the artist’s ‘antiquity’ series
seated ballerina, 2017 © jeff koons / photo by tom powel imaging



hosted by tishman speyer, and presented by kiehl’s since 1851 and art production fundkoons’ ‘seated ballerina’ is wrapped in a reflective surface. as she gazes down at passers-by, the delicate dancer mirrors the surrounding urban landscape and engages with each viewer as they approach. with the idea of ‘reflectivity’ in mind, the installation seeks to raise awareness of national missing children’s month this may, in an effort to support organizations like the international centre for missing & exploited children. the installation is on view at rockefeller center from now through june 2, 2017.

jeff koons seated ballerina
the delicate figure serves as a contemporary interpretation of the mythological goddess venus
seated ballerina, 2017 © jeff koons / photo by tom powel imaging



‘it’s a pleasure to work with kiehl’s and art production fund on this charitable project,’ koons explains. ‘this partnership will increase awareness and help the international centre for missing & exploited children make the world a safer place for children. I hope the installation of seated ballerina at rockefeller center offers a sense of affirmation and excitement to the viewer to reach their potential. the aspect of reflectivity emulates life’s energy; it’s about contemplation and what it means to be a human being. it’s a very hopeful piece.’

  • This is a fairly astonishing plagiarism of Ukrainian porcelain artist Oksana Zhnykrup’s “Lenochka ballerina on padded stool”.

    Search google images:
    Балерина Леночка на пуфике

    Charlie says:
  • The idea may be stolen but the more contemporary look works well in Rockefeller Center. Although, I wondered why it wasn’t a Rockette… I hope SEATED BALLERINA finds a suitable home after her short run in NYC – possibly the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. She’d be lovely on those grounds! Where will she go? It was a lovely photo against the spring flowers and beauty of the architecture! If her image WAS plagiarized, I guess most ideas these days ARE, no?

    Kathleen Conry says:
  • Its an inflatable exact copy of “The ballerina Lenochka on the padded stool”, Kiev 1960s by the Ukrainian Sculptor – Oksana Zhnykrup

    Alex says:
  • Well, an artist stealing another’s artist idea and creation. What does that say about Jeff Koons ? He cannot use Campbell Soup in his art so he turns to the Internet to Xerox art! It is still and idea even though creativity amounts to nothing. Give him the merit of making big a small original as if to zoom him on the art of Oksana Zhnykrup. Is he honest enough to admit that his assistant got the picture from Internet?

    walter benjamin says:

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