• Last Chance to See… Pop Art & Pop Icons in Rome

    by  • August 24, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Rome

    Give a Classic City Break Destination a Contemporary Twist, Courtesy of Andy Warhol & Terry O’Neill

    Chances are you may not have heard of it before but Rome’s Palazzo Cipolla (or the Museo della Fondazione Rome, Palazzo Cipolla to give it its official title) is the place to be if you happen to be city breaking in the Italian capital over the coming month. For running until September 28th is a fabulous exhibition devoted to Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the American Pop Art Movement, with over 150 works, paintings, photographs and sculptures originating from the private collection of Warhol’s close friend, Peter Brant.

    Originating in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, the Warhol-Brant friendship strengthened further when, in 1976, a 20-year-old Brant bought his first Warhol artwork – a drawing of the famous Campbell’s Soup – starting what is now though to be one of the most important contemporary art collections worldwide, today known as the Brant Foundation.

    First presented in Milan in 1987, the year in which Warhol died, the exhibition traces this legendary icon of the Pop Art world from the early drawings marking the start of his career in commercial art right through every artistic genre, finishing on a high with his Last Supper series. Exhibits include a number of self-portraits, his portrait of Chairman Mao, Brillo Box, Flowers, One Dollar Bills, Coke, Electric Chairs and the instantly recognisable Shot Blue Marilyn¸ one of Warhol’s most iconic works. You’ll also get to see a number of lesser-known works, particularly a series of Polaroid photographs never before seen in Europe.

    And whilst you’re there, not only will you get to experience the fabulous artistic creations of Warhol up close, but you’ll also get to see the works of celebrated celebrity photographer, Terry O’Neill, in his exhibition, Pop Icons. With a portfolio spanning over 60 years, O’Neill is one of the world’s most renowned photographers, having captured on film the stars of stage and screen, politics and pop music and this fantastic collections contains shots of Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, the Beatles in Abbey Road Studios, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John and Elvis Presley, amongst many others.

    The Palazzo Cipolla is open daily on Mondays from 2pm until 8pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am until 8pm and tickets cost 14€ (12€ concessions). Situated on the Via del Corso, one of Rome’s main shopping thoroughfares, the Palazzo is but a mere stone’s throw from the stylish Piazza Colonna and the Trevi Fountain.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.