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“Kiepenkerl” by Jeff Koons

Kiepenkerl - Jeff Koons

“Kiepenkerl” by Jeff Koons references an original late 19th-century sculpture of a travelling peddler statue “Kiepenkerl” by August Schmiemann in Münster, Germany. It was cast in 1987  and is constructed of polished cast stainless steel.  The sculpture depicts a full-length figure of a man, with a basket on his back, and a basket at the ground near his right leg, all in shiny finish surfaces.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons is known for working with favourite culture subjects and his reproductions of everyday objects, such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.  Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Koons has stated that there are no hidden meanings in his works, nor any critiques.

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                      Kiepenkerl
  • Artist:                    Jeff Koons
  • Year:                      1987
  • Medium:               Stainless steel
  • Dimensions:        72 3/4 × 31 1/2 × 32 1/4 in., 550 lb. (184.8 × 80 × 81.9 cm, 249.5 kg)
  • Museum:              Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artist Essential Facts:

  • Name:              Jeff Koons
  • Born:                1955 – York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Nationality:     American
  • Notable work


“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin



Photo Credit: By Jeff KoonsAgnosticPreachersKid (Own work) [Public domain or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons