In a large-scale exhibition, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents from 6 November 2014 a broad panorama of Pop Art in its unique German variation - an art-historical phenomenon that has been largely neglected to date. "German Pop" brings together more than 150 works of art by 34 artists, among them both established as well as long-forgotten and largely unknown protagonists of German Pop Art. In contrast to the often sensationalist and glamorous vocabulary of their Anglo-American colleagues, artists living in West Germany such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Bayrle, Konrad Klapheck, Christa Dichgans, K. H. Hödicke, Ferdinand Kriwet or Uwe Lausen grapple in their works with the less grandiose banalities of everyday life in Germany during the 1960s, ironically commenting on the ideals of petit-bourgeois taste and the oppressive and deceptive coziness. The exhibition includes striking and surprising works, some of which have not been exhibited for decades or have never been shown publicly at all. "German Pop" is an archaeology of a decade - the 1960s to the early 1970s - that uses paintings, objects and sculptures, films, collages, and graphic works to take stock of German Pop Art.
"There it was, German Pop - in the Rhineland, with Düsseldorf as its center, but also somewhat later in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. And each center 'spoke' it with its own dialect. The Pop generation aimed directly at the sensitivities of the consumer society that was taking shape in a massive way in what was then still a young Federal Republic of Germany. If you will, Pop in Germany was a kind of rebellion in that context, a youth movement. It toppled the old values and struggled with the new ones", says Martina Weinhart, the curator of the exhibition.
VENUE Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany
DURATION 6 November 2014 - 8 February 2015
PRESS CONTACT Axel Braun (Head of Press/PR), +49-69-299-882-153, Email Contact
SOURCE Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
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