Focusing on work made from 1956 to 1972, the exhibition presents Pop art as a movement that is at turns celebratory, critical, and probing in its message.
The International Pop art exhibit is currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May 15, 2016. Unlike a lot of other traveling art exhibits, this one is free with paid admission to the museum. They also offer free guided tours of the show sporadically throughout the day of the show, but my husband and I found it a little too artsy for us, so we decided to walk it alone and discuss the works among ourselves.
Here’s a description of the exhibit from the museum’s website:
This exhibit includes paintings, drawings, ads, posters, and videos from around the world that are consider part of the pop art movement. And how could these years (1956-1972) be complete without references to the Fab Four. On display is John & Yoko’s War is Over poster (signed) and copies of albums Sgt. Pepper’s and the White Album.
If you dig the works of Andy Warhol, there are several of his pieces on display.
If you’re not sure if this show is for you, check out the International Pop trailer:
Additionally, musician Ben Vaughn created a musical playlist as a companion to this exhibit. It includes two songs by the Beatles – Drive My Car and Tomorrow Never knows. This soundtrack is only available on Spotify:
This exhibit only contains about 150 pieces of work from around the world, so if you decide to go you will have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the museum or spend a day walking around Philadelphia. And for that reason…
I rate this exhibit, 4 out of 4 Beetles!