Jeff Koons is born in York, Pennsylvania.

1972 – 1973
He studies art and design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum and Jim Nutt.

Move to New York and the commencement of his activity at the Museum of Modern Art.

Koons works as a stock exchange broker on Wall Street in order to finance his art projects.

First exhibition in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

The Equilibrium series is created and is presented in his first solo exhibition in the Meyer Vaisman’s East Village gallery International With Monument, New York.

The two work groups Luxury and Degradation and Statuary are developed. Another exhibition in the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.

One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank is exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York. At the invitation of Kasper König, Koons presents a stainless steel sculpture of Kiepenkerl on the historical marketplace of the city of Münster.

The galleries Hetzler in Cologne, Ileana Sonnabend in New York and Donald Young in Chicago show Koons’ new group of works entitled Banality.

Koons meets with Ilona Staller, artist’s name “La Cicciolina” and produces a photo series of her.

At the Biennale in Venice, Koons exhibits works from the group of works entitled Made in Heaven.

Ilona Staller and Jeff Koons marry and move to Munich.

On the occasion of the Documenta, Koons presents the twelve metre-high flower sculpture Puppy in front of the Baroque castle in Arolsen. Koons moves back to New York and establishes his studio in New York.

The first works of the Celebration Series are created. Ilona Staller and Jeff Koons separate.

The Puppy flower sculpture is installed permanently in front of the Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao.

Koons’ Easyfun group of works is shown for the first time in a solo exhibition of the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.

Split-Rocker, another flower sculpture, is presented at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Koons exhibits his Easyfun-Ethereal group of works for the first time in the Guggenheim in Berlin. Balloon Flower (Blue) is installed on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The oversized flower sculpture Puppy is exhibited temporarily in front of the Rockefeller Center in New York.

The Gagosian Gallery presents its first solo exhibition of Jeff Koons in Los Angeles. The artist relocates his studio to Chelsea. The Kunsthaus Bregenz dedicates a major solo exhibition to Koons.

The Kunsthalle Bielefeld dedicates a retrospective to Koons. At the same time, the new group of works entitled Popeye is created. Koons is named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Retrospectives at C&M Arts in New York and in the Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art in Oslo.

The first painting for one of his largest groups of works, entitled Hulk Elvis, is produced.

Balloon Flower (Red) is installed in front of the One World Trade Center. Exhibition in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

Koons is named an Officer of the French Legion of Honour.

Solo exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Koons installs his Celebration series on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. His works are simultaneously shown in the palace of Versailles. The Balloon Venus is created. It represents the start of his Antiquity series.

Exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Koons designs the BMW Art Car. The artist is made an honorary member of the Royal Academy in London.

Exhibition in the Schirn and in the Liebieghaus in Frankfurt, as well as in the Fondation Beyeler near Basel. Hillary Clinton awards the State Department’s Medal of Art to Koons.

The new series Gazing Ball is presented in the Zwirner gallery in New York. Koons designs the cover for the CD ARTPOP by Lady Gaga. The Balloon Dog (Orange) is sold at Christie’s in New York for 58.4 million dollars, thus making Koons the most expensive living artist.

The Whitney Museum in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris dedicate a retrospective to Koons. On this occasion, Play-Doh is shown for the first time in an exhibition. The Split-Rocker flower sculpture is installed in front of the Rockefeller Center.

The Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao is the third station of the travelling retrospective. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Austrian Belvedere gallery in Vienna, as well as the Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, among others, also present further ambitious solo exhibitions of Koons.

Koons is shown in the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

Jeff Koons issues a limited bag collection together with the French fashion company Louis Vuitton. Seated Ballerina is exhibited temporarily in front of the Rockefeller Center in New York. The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles honours Koons for his creative and philanthropical achievements.