The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre is proud to current POP: FAME, LOVE AND POWER, – a groundbreaking exhibit of seminal American Pop Artwork items from the Sixties onwards. Curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, that is the first-ever museum exhibition of American Pop Artwork in India.
POP: FAME, LOVE AND POWER will take audiences on an art-filled historic journey by means of the golden years of the Pop Artwork phenomenon, tracing three themes intrinsically tied to the origins of the motion: Fame, Love and Energy.
The exhibition will current works by twelve of the most important names in American Pop Artwork, together with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg to call just a few. The exhibition will open on the Artwork Home – the Cultural Centre’s devoted visible artwork area – on December 1, 2023.
“This vivid, colorful, and imaginative exhibit fulfills the Cultural Centre’s promise of bringing the best of international art experiences to India. The showcase is special not only because it traces the incredible legacy of Pop Art, but because it has an unmistakable sense of fun about it. I’m especially excited to see it strike a chord with younger audiences and foster a culture of creativity with inspirations that go beyond time and space,” Isha Ambani stated in an announcement
Pop Artwork was a style that flourished in America through the late Nineteen Fifties, responding to fast transformations of media and commercialism, the rising rise in fashionable tradition and ever-shifting shopper habits. The Pop Artwork motion aimed to blur the boundaries between “high” artwork and “low” tradition. The idea that there isn’t a hierarchy of tradition, and that artwork might borrow from any supply was some of the influential traits of the motion, and led artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein to rework canned items and comedian books into highly effective artworks. Since its inception, Pop Artwork has gone on to turn into some of the recognisable and influential types of contemporary artwork around the globe.
POP: FAME, LOVE ANF POWER is a landmark exhibition for South Asia as a complete, with artworks drawn from essentially the most notable museums, artist estates, artwork foundations and personal artwork collections globally. The vast majority of these artists have by no means been exhibited in India previous to this exhibition, which creates a singular alternative for Indian audiences to interact intimately with these artists and artworks for the very first time.
For this exhibition, the themes of Fame, Love and Energy will span throughout the three flooring of the Artwork Home, providing guests three distinctive areas for discovery, with every ground devoted to a person theme. The fourth and final ground of the Artwork Home can be devoted to a novel immersive set up titled ‘Silver Clouds’ after Andy Warhol. Guests of this exhibition can be immersed in certainly one of Warhol’s solely interactive artwork set up.
“The Pop movement arose out of a time in America of unprecedented change, both economically and culturally,” says curator Lawrence Van Hagen. “In many ways, India is going through a similar transformation into a global, powerhouse economy in its own right. I believe this exhibition will spark fascinating parallels between these ‘golden decades’ in the US and the global transformation India is having at this very moment.”
The primary ground of Pop, devoted to Fame the place we are going to collect a number of the most quintessential items of the Pop motion works which mirrored the meteoric rise of movie star tradition within the Sixties and Seventies of America, in addition to the cult of tv, and the romance and delusion of Americana. Viewers will encounter 4 movie star portals (Giorgio Armani, Aretha Franklin, Gianni Versace and Sylvester Stallone) of ‘Andy Warhol’ in dialogue with the artists personal self- portrait in addition to ‘45 Gold Marilyn’ an iconic silkscreen portray of Marilyn Monroe. Moreover, this ground may also embrace a number of works by Ed Ruscha corresponding to ‘Level as a Level’ (2002) from the Mountain sequence very a lot impressed by the artist’s obsession with Hollywood.
The second ground is devoted to Love. The room will carry collectively 5 pioneers of the Pop motion who explored, questioned and rendered the theme of affection— from Robert Indiana’s explorations of romance and fervour to Keith Haring’s highly effective statements on unity and human connection. This ground will showcase quite a few iconic works by these artists –from a 6 ft Love Sculpture in direct juxtaposition to 2 intimate works by Tom Wesselmann from his bed room sequence in addition to ‘potrait of a women’ (1979) by Roy Lichtenstein. This ground explores the sense of affection, unity, friendship, collaboration and idealization of magnificence that artists seize inside their subject material.
The third ground explores the theme of Energy. From Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha’s obsession with branding and promoting to Robert Rauschenberg’s fascination with tv and the quickly altering media panorama, this ground will analyze Pop artwork’s relationship to the themes of energy that pervaded the political, cultural and business landscapes of the mid-late twentieth century. On this ground, two masterpieces by Andy Warhol – Sixteen Jackies (1964) and Flowers (1964-65) – discover notions of energy, symbolism and loss regarding Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. Additionally on the ground, Elaine Sturtevant’s pivotal Flower sequence problem the ability dynamics of appropriation and the act of imitation. Moreover, viewers will uncover two works by Robert Rauschenberg: Periwinkle Shaft (1979), a monumental and infrequently proven 9 meter collage portray alongside Gulch (1962), an early and vital instance of his combines.
The exhibition culminates on the fourth ground with an interactive and immersive expertise titled Silver Cloud by Andy Warhol, created in 1966. This set up consists of a room filled with floating metallic balloons. The balloons are inflated with a proprietary combination of air and pure helium, enabling them to drift mesmerizingly within the area between the ground and the ceiling.