Pop Art in the Sonnabend Collection
From Johns to Rauschenberg, from Warhol to Lichtenstein and Koons
By means of a group of more than forty works from the Sonnabend Collection, the exhibition retraces the estraordinary decade of the 1960s, a time when the Us had become the centre of the cultural and art work, endorsing a new way of conceiving a work of art tha took on board the challenge of the emerging mass culture and new media.
The history of the Sonnabend Collection is one of the most fasacinating of the twentieth century. When Ileana and Michael Sonnabend opened their gallery in Paris in November 1962, their intention was to present young American artists to the European public.
The work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg ushered in a new generation of artists, such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg. Rosen quist and Wesselmann, all shown in the Paris gallery. Their success was reconised at the 1964 Venice Biennale, where Rauschenberg was awarded first prize for painting. The masters of the Pop Art movementare presented in Mestre alongside their European contemporaries, among them Pistoletto, Arman,Christo and Mario Schifano, and also with artist from the subsequent generation, such as Jeff Koons and Haim Steinbach, who revisited Pop Art with a conceptual approach.