The first major exhibits of 2011 in the Albertina are dedicated to two prominent representatives of Pop Art: Roy Lichtenstein and Mel Ramos.
"Roy Lichtenstein. Black & White" starts off the show on January 28, 2011. The exhibit focuses on Lichtenstein's artistic change of direction in the 1960s: in 1961, the U.S. artist, who died in 1997, turned to black and white drawings. Inspired by advertising and media illustrations and comic strips, Lichtenstein created about 70 impressive black and white drawings by 1968. Lichtenstein also made several black and white paintings that will be shown for the first time together with the drawings.
Three weeks later, beginning on February 18, 2011, the Albertina will also present "Mel Ramos. Girls, Candies & Comics". This is to date the largest European retrospective of the Californian artist's work, occasioned by his seventy-fifth birthday in 2010. All of his creative phases will be represented in the exhibit: early paintings, images of comic heroes and Wonder Women from the 1960s, and his commercial pin-ups, which made him world-famous. In his oil satires of contemporary advertising, Ramos painted chic pin-up girls leaning lasciviously on over-sized Cola bottles or cigarette packages. His latest works, and even some of his sculptures, are also on display.
Roy Lichtenstein. Black & White
January 28 - May 15, 2011
Mel Ramos. Girls, Candies & Comics
February 18 - May 29, 2011
Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.