Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona
© Jeff Koons

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Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona 1991
  • Artist Rooms
'Bourgeois Bust' was originally created for the 'Made in Heaven' exhibition, in which Jeff Koons explored the concept of love in relation to his own marriage to porn star Ilona Staller. Represented as a marble portrait bust, the couple are depicted within a traditional Baroque style that drew its inspiration from antique classical sculpture. With her plaited hair and string of pearls, Staller appears like Venus, the Greek goddess of love. Declaring sensationally "We’ve become God", their spiritual and physical union seemingly elevates the pair to a higher realm of idealised existence and ecstasy.

Glossary Open


A general term for European art and architecture from the 17th to the mid 18th centuries. It particularly refers to works characterised by a sense of movement and theatricality.


Belonging to the middle class or conforming to its standards and conventions. In Marxism, it refers specifically to property-owners. It derives from the French word for a citizen of a town.


Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Baroque, Bourgeois, Bust, Classicism


  • Acc. No. AR00597
  • Medium Marble
  • Size 119.00 x 74.50 x 58.00 cm (displayed: 195.00 x 74.50 x 58.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008