POP ART From Warhol to Panamarenko
Roy Lichtenstein, Modern painting with black sun, 1967
Martial Raysse, Miss Nice, 1963
Panamarenko, Feltra, 1966
Allen Jones, Neither Forget your Legs, 1965
Raoul De Keyser, Kraantje en tuinslang (groen, zerp), 1965
Tom Wesselmann, Great American Nude # 72, 1965
Andy Warhol, Campbell
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Imagery derived from the world of advertising and mass media

Pop art emerged in London and New York in the 1950s as a visual response to the unprecedented consumerism of the times. Its imagery was borrowed from the mass media world of advertising, magazines, television and film. It quickly captured the imagination of young artists who embraced the movement.

This new art movement penetrated deeply into everyday life and gave rise to images so distinct and recognisable that their presence can still be felt today. The issues that formed a rich breeding ground for Pop art artists are as topical as ever: from mass consumption and technological progress to sexual morality, race riots and gender equality.

A phenomenon that originated in the post-war consumerism of London and New York, Pop art enjoyed a rapid and fascinating development that reached far beyond the boundaries of these cities. The movement can be understood as a visual response to a materialistic culture that reached new heights and whose visual language was derived from the emerging world of media ads and mass-produced objects.

In the exhibition Pop Art from Warhol to Panamarenko, works from the Matthys-Colle Collection, which encompasses some of the most important examples of contemporary art, are on display.

Representative works by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Konrad Klapheck and others from the collection are brought together with a selection from the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) collection. The show marks the kick-off of a future series of presentations and exhibitions around the Matthys-Colle collection, which will be held in the S.M.A.K. from 2022 onwards.

Text Liesje Vandenbroeck / Photos Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)