• Roy Lichtenstein at Paris’ Centre Pompidou

    by  • July 3, 2013 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Paris • 0 Comments

    Regarded as a leading figure of the pop art movement and a veritable master of American painting, today sees the grand opening of a fascinating retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997). Taking place at the Musée National d’Art Moderne situated in Paris’ iconic Centre Pompidou, the exhibition presents 124 paintings, sculptures and prints that seek to present a visionary insight into Lichtenstein’s career.

    Said to have been at the avant-garde of pop art for a number of years, Lichtenstein’s homage to other artists – Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Mondrian and Cézanne are all said to have inspired him – and artistic styles including Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, German Expressionism as well as popular advertising, comic books and the landscapes of ancient China, led him to be perceived as more of a postmodern artist. Experimental with materials, an inventor of icons and a connoisseur of modern painting, this excellent retrospective reveals a surprising depth to his work through a wide medium of sculptures, prints, enamels and ceramics on display.

    In collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate in London, the exhibition runs until November 4th and is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 11am to 9pm.

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