The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is set to take art enthusiasts on an exhilarating journey into the captivating realm of Pop art with its latest exhibition, “The Pop of Life!” This exhibition brings together a rotating selection of approximately 70 artworks from the museum’s extensive collection. From immersive installations to paintings, sculptures, and cherished decorative arts, the collection offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the influential Pop art movement that left an indelible mark on the art world during the 1960s and 1970s.
David Gilhooly, Ham and Cheese, 1983; Guido Drocco and Franco Mello Cactus Coat Rack, from the series “I Multipli,” 1972.
At the heart of the exhibition lies a celebration of the movement’s core elements – vivid hues, flattened perspectives, cropped imagery, text interplay, and series and multiples. The exhibition encapsulates the diversity of the Pop art movement, featuring an assembly of works that rarely saw the light of day. Showcasing the creative brilliance of approximately 30 artists and designers from across Canada, North America, and Europe, this exhibition pays homage to the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Félix Beltrán, David Gilhooly, and many others.
Michel Leclair ,“Fries with Gravy, and a Coke!” 1974.
“The Pop of Life!” offers a captivating voyage through a transformative period in art history. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Iris Amizlev, this exhibition promises to be an unmissable experience that invites visitors to dive headfirst into the world of Pop art.
The Pop of Life! is on view from August 31st – March 24th 2024.