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Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection in Guggenheim-Museum Bilbao | 16.02-15.09.2024

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The coldness and impersonality of Pop Art was a direct attack on the traditions of “high art”, characterised by gestural expression and freedom of brushstroke and represented by the Abstract Expressionist artists of the previous generation.

Imagen above: Roy Lichtenstein New York, 1923- 997 Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!, 1965 Oil and magna on canvas 172.7 × 142.6 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, gift of the artist 97.4565 Photo: Midge Wattles, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Roy Lichtenstein © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The works in this exhibition, which are often witty or ironic, can be interpreted as a celebration of popular culture or as a biting critique of it.

Andy Warhol Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 1928-New York, 1987 Orangene Katastrophe #5 (Orange Catastrophe #5), 1963 Acrylic, silkscreen ink and graphite on canvas 269.2 × 207 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, gift, Harry N. Abrams Family Collection 74.2118 Photo: Kristopher McKay, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s relationship with Pop Art began very early on, with the exhibition Six Painters and the Object in 1963, which marked the institutional recognition of the movement.

The exhibition features the monumental work Volante Suave by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, whose enormous dimensions humorously dwarf the museum space and at the same time emphasise the museum’s role as a place for culture and education, but also for leisure and entertainment.

Robert Rauschenberg Port Arthur, Texas, USA, 1925-Captiva Island, Florida, USA, 2008 Untitled, 1963 Oil, silkscreen ink, metal and plastic on canvas 208.3 × 121.9 × 15.9 cm (208.3 × 121.9 × 15.9 cm) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, acquired with funds from Elaine and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation 82.2912 Photo: Ariel Ione Williams, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Estate of Robert Rauschenberg New York, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2024


Exhibition dates:
Friday, 16 February to Sunday, 15 September 2024

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00.
Except on the following days, when the museum closes at 20:00:

In summer (from 17 June to 22 September).

Open on Mondays: 17 June to 22 September.


Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009 Bilbao


Adults 15€
Students (18-26 years old) €7.5.
Seniors (>65 years old / pensioners) €7.5.
Children and young people under 18 free

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