• Pop Art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

    by  • June 10, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Madrid

    If you’re a fan of the Pop Art genre, then Madrid’s the place to be over the next few months as opening today (June 10th) at the city’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is an exhibition devoted this popular artistic genre of the modern age.

    Running all the way through the summer until September 14th, ‘Pop Art Myths’ takes a look back at the emergence of Pop Art in the late 1950s and early 1960s and how it came to symbolise one of the most liberating moments in the history of art. Reintegrating art with the real world, the Pop Art genre endorsed the growing trends towards technology and consumerism in popular culture, using an artistic style derived from television, comic strips and advertising. Yet as much as it was forward-looking, the Pop Art phenomenon would regularly pay homage to the Old Masters, for example, Andy Warhol’s Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482), 1984.

    With a collection of 70 works in this temporary collection, the Thyssen-Bornemisza brings together examples of pioneering British Pop Art as well as classic American Pop Art works and includes the cream of the Pop Art movement such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, in addition to their European counterparts, Genovés, Rauschenberg and Wesselmann. Open daily from 10am (until 7pm Mondays and Sundays, or 10pm on all other days), entrance to the Pop Art Myths exhibition costs 11€ (seniors and students 7€; children under 12 years of age go free). If you’d like to see the museum’s very impressive permanent collection whilst you’re there meanwhile, a combined ticket will cost 17€ (9€ seniors and students).

    Comprising 800 works of art, the permanent collection begins with the Renaissance and Classicism periods, featuring works by Caravaggio, Titian and Canaletto. The first floor meanwhile houses 17th-century landscapes and still-life, 18th-century Rococo and Neoclassicism and 19th-century Romanticism and Realism. The Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections feature paintings by Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec, whilst Fauvism and Expressionism are represented by Matisse, Kandinsky and Ensor. The ground floor is dedicated to 20th-century paintings, notably the Cubist and Avant-Garde movements, where you’ll also find the Pop Art Myths exhibition located.


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