“Pop Art Design” at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum

Andy Warhol, Close Cover Before Striking, 1962. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Copyright 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Design and art have always had a symbiotic relationship, and this was perhaps never more so than during the glory days of Pop. One of the most celebrated movements of the postwar era, Pop Art shone a spotlight on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and media production, all the while fostering a dialogue between identity and design.

Pop Art shone a spotlight on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and media production, all the while fostering a dialogue between identity and design.

This relationship is now being examined in a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Titled “Pop Art Design,” it explores how both everyday objects and more bizarre creations of the 1960s performed influential roles in the Pop Art movement. A relevancy to today is also created by highlighting the relationship between pop culture and our daily lives, when consumerism has made the branding of a person or product almost a sacred act. Featured works on display include pieces by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Judy Chicago, paired with design objects by Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass, along with various album covers, magazines, films and photographs of contemporary interiors. “Pop Art Design” runs through March 2nd, 2013.

Tom Wesselmann, Smoker Banner, 1971. Private collection Sammlung/Siegen. Copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2012.

Claes Oldenburg, Fagend Study, 1968/76, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Copyright 1968/76 Claes Oldenburg.

Superstudio, Passiflora, Lampe, 1968. Sammlung Vitra Design Museum. Copyright Superstudio.

Andy Warhol, Untitled, Three-Part Paravent, c. 1958. Jan Cowles, courtesy of Jeffrey Hoffeld Fine Art, Inc. Copyright 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society

George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. Sammlung Vitra Design Museum. Copyright Vitra Design Museum.

Verner Panton, Swimming Pool, Spiegel-Verlagshaus (Hamburg), 1969. Copyright Panton Design, Basel.

Studio 65, Capitello, Easy Chair, 1971. Collection Vitra Design Museum. Copyright Vitra Design Museum.

Martial Raysse, Souviens-toi de Tahiti, September 1963, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Copyright Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2012.

Stardust Hotel und Casino (Las Vegas), 1968. Copyright Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., Philadelphia. Courtesy Museum im Bellpark Kriens from the “Las Vegas Studio” project.

Ettore Sottsass, Superboxes, Cupboards, 1966. Copyright Studio Ettore Sottsass. Photo by Ettore Sottsass.

 

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