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POP ART, an exhibition of 20th century creativity at the Musée Maillol

Categories : Exhibitions and Museums, published on : 10/4/17

The Maillol Museum is hosting, until January 21st, 2018, works signed by the greatest artists of the American Pop Art movement. Pop Art - Icons That Matter is an exhibition drawn from the magnificent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Some sixty works are on loan to France.

Pop Art was a major American art movement that took place in the second half of the 20th century. We are all familiar with the Roy Lichtenstein paintings that reinterpreted panels from various American comic books and thereby allowed them to be viewed in a different way, suffused with a certain irony. We also know the works of Andy Warhol. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has in its collection a number of major Pop Art works. Sixty of these pieces, including posters, sculptures, serigraphs, and paintings have been loaned to the Musée Maillol for the purposes of this exceptional exhibition.


Discover more Pop Art artists

During this exhibition, which focuses on a period ranging from the early 1960s into the 1970s, you will discover or rediscover this controversial artistic movement and its sources of inspiration. The consumer society in the 1960s was in full expansion, and the iconography of popular culture was appropriated, examined and expanded upon by artists pushing back against the abstract expressionism that predominated in the art world of the period. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe are widely represented, as well as very common, everyday objects. In addition to the work of artists who are famous beyond the shores of America, the exhibition also looks at the creations of those who are less well-known internationally, but are well worth your attention. 

POP ART - Icons That Matter. At the Musée Maillol until January 21st, 2018. From 10:30 to 18:30. Fridays until 21:30.

Photo credit : rolfiniroberto