It all revolves around a porcelain image named “Fait d’hiver” that Koons created in the late 80s: an image of a girl lying in a little veiled top, surrounded by two penguins and a pig.
But Koons is now being accused of plagiarism by ad man Franck Davidovici, who states that Koons stole his idea of an earlier campaign for the fashion brand Naf Naf. Meanwhile, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where Koons’ “Fait d’hiver” is displayed, has temporarily withdrawn the work from it’s collection.
It’s not the first time that Koons is accused of plagiarism. In 1992 he was sued by photographer Art Rogers, who claimed that Koons’ sculpture “String of Puppies” resembled a black and white postcard with one of his photos a bit too much. Koons lost.
It’s all about the old question in copyright: Where does inspiration end, and plagiarism begin? In the end, it’s always up to a judge.
© photo: Christie’s
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