Warhol, Prince of Pop

At the Complesso del Vittoriano, the man who transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was the spokesman of a triumphant America, the first to understand the power of new media and their capacity to generate consumerism and mass culture. His is the realm of appearance, in which the commercial product becomes a work of art. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth, Rome is dedicating a sumptuous exhibition to the master of Pop Art, which includes over 170 works. It started in 1962, when Warhol chose a can of Campbell’s soup as an inspiring “muse”, elevating it to privileged subject of 32 silk-screen images. And when someone asked him one day why he had painted soups, his answer was: “It was my lunch, every day. For twenty years”.

Even the timeless myths of American society, such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, are the spokespersons of an art to be consumed like any other commercial product.

The exhibition invites you to discover an all-round artist, who enjoyed experimenting in any field, from painting to screen printing, from photography to installation, touching on cinema, music and fashion, with an eye to the future and who revolutionised the art world forever.

“Andy Warhol”, until February 3/2019,
Complesso del Vittoriano – Piazza Venezia. Info: www.ilvittoriano.com.