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International Pop
February 24, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Ice Cream, 1964
Ice Cream, 1964
Evelyne Axell, Belgian, 1935–1972
Oil on canvas
37 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (95.3 x 69.9 cm)
Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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International Pop
February 24, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Brash, manic and acid-tingedNew York Times

International Pop navigates a fast-paced world packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery, revealing a vibrant period shaped by social, political, and cultural changes. The exhibition chronicles Pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the UK and the US to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Although Pop arose in distinct forms within each region, artists expressed a shared interest in mass media, consumerism, and figuration.

Focusing on work made from 1956 to 1972, the exhibition presents Pop art as a movement that is at turns celebratory, critical, and probing in its message. It reveals the energetic exchange that contributed to a reimagining of art’s relationship to societies in flux. American and British Pop is presented alongside lesser known but equally potent examples from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Italy, Slovakia, Japan, and other creative centers.

With 150 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, collage, assemblage, installation, film, and ephemera, the exhibition highlights influential artists from twenty different countries. Among them are Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, and Ed Ruscha (US); Richard Hamilton, Pauline Boty, Peter Blake, and Clive Barker (UK); Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Konrad Lueg (Germany); Ushio Shinohara, Keiichi Tanaami, and Osamu Tezuka (Japan); Hélio Oiticica, Wanda Pimentel, and Antonio Dias (Brazil); and Marta Minujín, Dalila Puzzovio, and Edgardo Giménez (Argentina).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the exhibition’s only East Coast venue.


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Exhibition Trailer

2016 Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: A Roadmap to “International Pop”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “International Pop” with Darsie Alexander, Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art. She is later joined by Erica F. Battle, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, to reflect on how Pop art took the world by storm.
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Spotify Playlist*: “International Pop” by Ben Vaughn

A musical companion to the exhibition, this playlist by musician Ben Vaughn features an eclectic mix of songs by the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, Nina Simone, Serge Gainsbourg, and others. Enjoy the sounds and share the playlist with your friends. * A free Spotify account is required to access this playlist.

Pop Art and Music

Here’s what Ben Vaughn had to say about creating the “International Pop” playlist.

In terms of music, what does international pop mean to you?

To me, Pop Art and music have always lived together. Especially rock music. I have no memory of one without the other. I was just a kid when Beatlemania exploded and I remember Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can getting a lot of attention at the same time. It was all mixed together. Dylan going electric, Roy Lichtenstein creating comic strip panels, whatever. It didn’t seem to matter. The barriers between commercial product and fine art seemed to be disappearing and not everyone was happy about it. It was a very exciting time. Very anti-authoritarian. Other fields were affected too (photography, film) but American music and art was what I was paying attention to back then. Later on I discovered how international this period of change was.

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Link to Ben Vaughn Q and A
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International Pop is organized by the Walker Art Center.


This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Prospect Creek Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by Judy Dayton, Lyn De Logi, Marge and Irv Weiser, and Audrey and Zygi Wilf.

In Philadelphia, the exhibition is supported by the Estate of Phyllis T. Ballinger, the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, The Laura and William C. Buck Endowment for Exhibitions, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. Additional generous donors include John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Mitchell L. and Hilarie L. Morgan, Isabel and Agustín Coppel, Jaimie and David Field, Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, and Lyn M. Ross.

Corporate support generously provided by RBC Wealth Management.

The Museum gratefully recognizes exhibition media partner Time Out.


Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art


Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor