Robert Indiana, The german love, 1967, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

Roy Lichtenstein, CRAK, 1964, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

Living with Pop!

Graphic art from the 60s – from Warhol to Richter

September 30 to January 13, 2013

Western, young, hedonistic and at times provocative – that’s what pop is. Overstepping the mark and breaking with tradition, pop mirrors the attitudes to life in the post-war generation. Featuring artwork from the Heinz Beck Collection in the Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen, the exhibition provides a glimpse into this age of artistic and social upheaval. Graphic art especially lends emphasis to the departure from a traditional understanding of images. Elements of trivial culture were used, while a comic book and advertising look was also thrown into the mix. Pop art graphics turned art into a mass phenomenon. The exhibition includes pieces from Germany, in addition to work from the centres of pop culture in the United States and England. The artists delve into new topics such as consumer and everyday culture, music, entertainment and star cult and also the sexual revolution and political protest, interpreting them in a myriad of different ways. The exhibition is therefore less a history of pop art style in any confined sense and more an elucidation of the transformation of art and society it helped fashion during the 1960s.