Roy Lichtenstein has long been considered a master of pop art with his paintings. The Museum Ludwig shows in his exhibition “Roy Lichtenstein – Art as Motif” in 100 exhibits Lichtenstein’s exploration of art-historical styles from Expressionism and Futurism to Bauhaus and Artdeco.
His grid-shaped paintings, with titles such as “Pow Wow”, “Peace Through Chemistry” or “Little Big Painting” are known all over the world. The American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997) is next to Andy Warhol as a master of Pop Art.
From 2 July to 17 October 2010, a compilation of his works entitled “Roy Lichtenstein – Art as a motif” will be on display in the Museum Ludwig. There are around 100 exhibits, mostly large-format pop art paintings, sculptures and drawings, as well as some of his rare early works. Based on motifs from the world of comics and consumerism, Lichtenstein created paintings that he composed of dots and colored areas. In the exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, completely different sides of his work can now be discovered.
In the exhibition pieces, his examination of art-historical styles from Expressionism and Futurism to Bauhaus and Artdeco becomes comprehensible. Lichtenstein has repeatedly taken on grandmasters such as Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian or Dali and interpreted their works ironically and subtly in his own imagery. Later, with Picasso, he continued to disassemble himself while working with halftone dots. Under his hand Picasso became a pseudo-comic and got a completely unique character. Lenders :
Wien, MuMOK – Stuftung Ludwig
Humlebaek, Lousiana Museum of Art
Frankfurt – Museum für Moderne Kunst
New York – MoMA
New York – Witney Museum of American
New York – Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
San Francisco – MoMA
and many more