The exhibition analyzes European Pop Art in the period 1959 – 1966, through important works from private collections

‘Bathing Beauty’ Niki de Saint Phalle, 1966. Collezione Olgiati 2018, Foto: © LAC

Until 6 January 2019, Spazio -1. Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati (belonging to the MASI Lugano museum circuit, Switzerland) hosts the exhibition ‘How Evil Is Pop Art? New European Realism 1959-1966’ curated by Tobia Bezzola. To visit it, you have to go to the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura cultural center, which is hosting, until 6 January 2019, the exhibition ‘Magritte – La Ligne de Vie’. In short, two reasons for a cultural trip to the Canton of Ticino offering the possibility of an immersion in European twentieth century art.

‘It’s a Man’s World’, Pauline Boty, 1964, private collection

“How evil is pop art?”, wondered Tullia Zevi in 1964 in her review of that year’s Venice Biennale, expressing the moral indignation of a large portion of the public to the emergence of this new art. With forty-two works from the 1959-1966 period, the exhibition offers a surprising overview on paintings and sculptures that, with their differences and similarities, were created in France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany, showing how these countries developed a new artistic sensitivity that, for the richness of the formal language and the breadth of the contents, could be compared to American Pop Art.

‘Particolare di propaganda’ Mario Schifano, 1962, © 2018 Prolitteris, Zurich

The exhibition gives a prominent position to the various groups of Italian Pop Art, among which we can find famous representatives such as Mimmo Rotella, Franco Angeli, Gianfranco Baruchello, Tano Festa, Mario Schifano and Michelangelo Pistoletto, who stood out for their multiple languages as well as for the undeniable relationship with the cultural tradition of their country.

How Evil Is Pop Art? New European Realism 1959-1966, Collezione Olgiati 2018, Foto: © LAC

During the exhibition ‘How Evil Is Pop Art? New European Realism 1959-1966 ‘, Spazio -1 hosts Collection in progress as in previous years. This is a new display of the Olgiati Collection presenting a selection of works, some already known to the public and others of more recent acquisition, that makes visitors understand the links with the temporary exhibition and shows the collectors’ constant desire of making works from the historical and contemporary avant-garde dialogue. [Text Arianna Callocchia]

DOVE: Spazio – 1, Lungolago, Riva Caccia 1, Lugano (CH)

‘Star Card Table’, Peter Phillips, 1962, © 2018 Prolitteris, Zurich