This screen-printed porcelain plate features an image of Jeff Koons's celebrated sculpture Split Rocker. First conceived of in the late 1990s, the work was inspired by the artist's son's rocking horse and toy dinosaur, and is composed of the two animals' heads, which are split down the center and not quite conjoined into a single hybrid head. Live flowers color the sculpture, which is watered by an irrigation system within its stainless-steel armature. It was last exhibited in New York's Rockefeller Center in July 2014.
Koons's works challenge the conventional distinction between art and kitsch. The New York-based, US-born artist, who is featured in MoMA's collection, draws his inspiration from the world of advertising and commercial art, but also from daily life, childhood and art history. Innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness are all themes of his art. The plate was made in collaboration with renowned porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, which has crafted fine Limoges porcelain since 1863. Dishwasher safe. Limited Edition 2500.