With his work, characterised by a strong seductive power, he fascinated generations of creative talents in the most varied fields: from painting to advertising, from photography to design and fashion. We are talking about Roy Lichtenstein, one of the most well-known representatives of Pop Art to whom the Mudec museum in Milan (Via Tortona, 56) dedicates “Roy Lichtenstein: Multiple Visions”, an exhibition curated by Gianni Mercurio.
The exhibition, structured according to a thematic path, includes about 100 works among prints (also large format ones), sculptures, tapestries, a huge selection of editions coming from prestigious museums, institutions and American and European private collections as well as videos and photos. The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the ability of Lichtenstein to put together elements of different cultures, “break them down” and “put them back together” in a pop way, reflecting the U.S. collective image and so, in many aspects, the Western one. Eight are the sections of the exhibition: among these “History and Vernacular”, focusing on the influence of the Far West and American Indians culture, “Interiors”, that combines daily environments to the Oval Office of the White House or “Action comics”, that shows male and female figures portrayed in a comic book style, probably among the most well-known of Lichtenstein’s works. Particularly interesting is the section dedicated to the “Female figure”, with its evolution going hand in hand with that of the American society: from happy housewife to feminist defender in 1970s.
Above: Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl, (detail), 1963