A major retrospective on works by Roy Lichtenstein ( NY 1923 – 1997 ) acknowledged as one of the most outstanding pop artists of the 20th century.
The Milan Triennale is currently hosting one of the most significant retrospectives of the international art scene, Roy Lichtenstein: Meditations on Art provides a comprehensive glimpse into the artistic career of this legendary Pop artist.
January 26 to May 30 2010 / Video above courtesy of Ultrafragola Italy
Produced in cooperation with The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and produced by the Triennale di Milano and AlphaOmega Art, in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, the exhibition features over one hundred works, mostly paintings in large format, as well as numerous drawings, collages and sculptures from renowned international private and public collections, including the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, the Whitney Museum and the Gugghenheim Museum in New York, the Modern Art Museum in Vienna, the Broad Art Foundation in Los Angeles.
The curator Gianni Mercurio, already known for having among other signed major exhibitions at the Milan Triennale anthologies devoted to Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, has designed a retrospective of Lichtenstein for the first time provided an update on works that the artist has achieved pop appropriating images from the history of modern art.
The exhibition, divided into thematic sections, beginning with the work of the 50s, little known and many of them on display for the first time, in which the artist revisited and reinterpreted medieval iconography paintings by American artists like William Ranney, and structures such as Washington Crossing The Delaware painter Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, (c. 1851), tracing the stylistic expression of abstraction European and, in particular, the universes of Paul Klee and Picasso.
At this stage of its production, the artist mixed the vernacular modernism from Europe with the history and culture of American Indians and the Wild West, the scenes of life of the pioneers in the conquest of land, the heroes and cowboys .
In the heroic period of Pop Art, the early sixties, Lichtenstein defined his style and pictorial language, and began a review of works by famous artists of the past, reworking of works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Cézanne, Léger, Marc, Mondrian, Dali, Carra.
The exhibition includes works from the Fifties to the Nineties inspired by Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Modernism of the ’30s, minimalist abstraction, Action Painting, and genres of landscape and still life.