until February, 24
Complesso del Vittoriano, Ala Brasini – Via di San Pietro in Carcere. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 am to 10:00. Sunday from 09:30 am to 08:30 pm – full price ticket € 13.00, reduced price ticket € 11, visitors aged 4-11 € 5
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On the ninetieth anniversary of the artist’s birth, Ala Brasini of Complesso del Vittoriano hosts an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol. The retrospective starts from the artistic roots of Pop Art, with the world acclaimed Campbell’s Soup silkscreen prints series – an industrial tin can raised from supermarket shelves to the Olimpus of Art – and the Elvis, Marilyn, Coca-Cola series. Warhol was already the catalyst and center of NY culture, but only during the 70s and 80s he would have been crowned as the most prolific and renown living artist. The exhibition, with its 170 works of art, reproduces the unbelievable life of a pioneer who moved along a new and original path, overturning all pre-existing aesthetic criteria.
The display begins with the celebrated Campbell’s Soup (1969), kicks off with Ladies and Gentle-men (1975) and the portraits of celebrities and historical figures turned by the artist into pop icons as Marilyn Monroe (1967) and Mao (1972), and then moves into the world of fashion, exploring the artist’s deep connections with the fashion industry – as witnessed by the portraits of Giorgio Armani (1981) and Regina Schrecker (1983). As far as music is concerned, here there are the colorful, pop images of Mick Jagger (1977), Rats and Star (1983), Miguel Bosè (1983), Billy Squier (1982), until to the limited vinyl covers, as the infamous “peelable banana” cover art of The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) and the straight up jeans shot of Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones (1971). But there is also room for the polaroids, Wahrhol’s starting point of his silkscreen printing portraits and self-portraits: Grace Jones (1984), Princess Caroline of Monaco (1984 Vogue’s cover), Valentino Garavani (1973), Paul Anka (1975), Stevie Wonder (1972) and Carly Simon(1979). The last section of this incredibly wide selection, pays tribute to the world of cinema, celebrated in the portraits of Liz Taylor (1964), Judy Garland (1985), Silvester Stallone (1980) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (1977).