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.