Past Exhibitions

Pop Art Design

Exhibition January 7 - April 2, 2017

Pop Art is one of the most influential art movements since 1945 with a fundamental element of dialogue between design and art. Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera. With this variety of material, the exhibition demonstrates how design in the early 1950s anticipated later elements of Pop Art when both artists and designers explored the motifs of the emerging consumer society. Objects of daily use were transformed into artistic pictorial motifs and sculptures while designers, in turn, availed themselves of artistic strategies like quotation, collage, and irony to develop a new aesthetic for everyday objects. The exhibition features approximately fifty works of art and eighty design objects from international museums. 

Exhibition Credits

Pop Art Design is organized by the Vitra Museum in collaboration with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. 

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Alison Baker Frenzel Trust, Valaree Wahler, Anonymous, Pam and Jim Muzzy, Pamela Schmider, and the Museum Council in honor of its 55th Anniversary.

Installation support provided by Peter Blake Modern.

Image credits: George Nelson Associates, Inc. Marshmallow Sofa, 1956; Collection Vitra Design Museum © Vitra Design Museum. Studio 65, Leonardo, 1969, Vitra Design Museum. Milton Glaser, Dylan, 1966, Columbia Records, Gerrit Terstiege.