Mention pop art and the name Roy Lichtenstein is not far behind. This giant of 20th-century art would have turned 100 at the end of 2023: the Albertina has a centenary retrospective for us.
- Over 90 works across his oeuvre
- …prints, paintings, sculptures…
- Takes us from the 1960s onwards
- Runs Mar 8 – July 14, 2024
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A centenary & retrospective
(Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl, 1963, oil and acrylic on canvas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Bildrecht, Vienna 2024; photo: The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence)
The 100th anniversary of Roy Lichtenstein’s birth on October 27th, 1923 certainly offers a valid reason to undertake a major retrospective of his work.
And, frankly, any excuse is a good one since it means we get to see the works of a true icon of US and pop art.
Another formal reason for the timing is the Albertina’s receipt of a significant collection of those works: the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation donated around 95 sculptures and related materials at the end of 2023.
This generosity followed an initial earlier donation of 34 prints (woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs and more).
(Roy Lichtenstein, Figures in Landscape, 1977, oil and acrylic on canvas; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, long-term loan: Museumsfonden © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Bildrecht, Vienna 2024; photo: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek)
Both gifts were part of the foundation’s activities commemorating the centenary and form a core resource for the exhibition. (The Albertina has worked with both the foundation and the Roy Lichtenstein Estate in putting the retrospective together.)
Not that the exhibition relies entirely on items from the in-house archives.
Loans of key works from such prestigious institutions as New York’s MoMA help do true justice to Lichtenstein’s oeuvre and achievements with paint, prints and sculpture.
The results promise to be a (perhaps, *the*) highlight of the spring and summer art season in Vienna. The exhibition even includes Lichtenstein’s first formal pop art painting: 1961’s Look Mickey…on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
(Roy Lichtenstein, Look Mickey, 1961, oil on canvas; Washington, National Gallery © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Bildrecht, Vienna 2024)
Like Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein has become one of the few artists whose name and works are recognised far beyond art circles thanks to their distinctive style and iconography.
But the exhibition takes us beyond any narrow view of Lichtenstein’s work. So we also get to see landscapes, the stylised homages to fellow artists like Dalí and Picasso, a huge Brushstroke sculpture, and much more.
I’ll post details and highlights once I’ve had the chance to see the exhibition in its final form.
Dates, tickets & tips
Enjoy the retrospective from March 8th to July 14th, 2024. An entrance ticket for or from the Albertina includes access to all the special exhibitions inside, plus the permanent exhibition and the staterooms.
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Fora bonus dose of Ben Day dots, the concurrent We Love exhibition at the Heidi Horten Collection has a Lichtenstein work among its many highlights. The exhibition runs until late August 2024.
How to get there
See the travel tips at the end of the main Albertina Museum article.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna