Was there Pop Art in Germany? Pop, which began in Great Britain and the USA and was quickly established there as a universal culture across genres, took on an original artistic expression in the 1960s in the then still young Federal Republic of Germany. In contrast to the often sensationalist and glamorous vocabulary of their Anglo-American colleagues, artists living in West Germany grappled in their works with the less grandiose banalities of everyday life in Germany, ironically commenting on the ideals of petit-bourgeois taste and the oppressive and deceptive coziness of the 1960s. German art history points to four major cities - Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt am Main - as the crucial centres of German Pop Art. “German Pop” is intended as an archaeology of a decade – the 1960s and early 1970s – whose paintings, objects and sculptures, films, collages, and graphic works takes stock of German Pop Art. "German Pop" exhibition is on view at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt until February 8th, 2015. Images courtesy: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.
Sigmar Polke in front of a show window at Kaiserstraße 31A in Düsseldorf with Manfred Kuttner's "Heiliger Stuhl", Konrad Luegs "OWO-Paket", Polke's object of magazines „Massenmedien“ and Gerhard Richter's "Objekt zweier Puppen im Rahmen", 1963, photographed by Manfred Kuttner. Photo: Archiv Kuttner, Erkrath
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