Where can you find a giant bronze thumb, a chair made out of a female mannequin and a statue of a cowboy all in the same London location? That’s right, The Barbican! And it’s not a collection of weird, semi-fetishistic memorabilia, but an excellent exhibition of some of the most notable works to mark Pop Art’s takeover of the design scene in the latter half of the 20th Century.
Pop Art took Western culture by storm in the 1950s and 1960s with its provocative celebration of media and celebrity, in a radical departure from all that was considered a bit fusty. The Barbican’s new exhibition Pop Art Design is the first to consider the overlap between art and design in this period, paying special attention to British designers and the way in which the genre began to pervade everyday life.
Including photography, architecture and both graphic and furniture design the show is an audacious and fun-loving panorama of the decades following the Second World War, providing an insightful and colourful perspective on the arrival of art into the everyday. There’s also a terrific app to accompany the show which helps further contextualise more than 200 exhibits on display. Excitingly, as an early Christmas treat, the Barbican are offering £8 tickets rather than £12 for a limited time period only. To claim this offer, quote 45623 when booking by phone on 020 7638 8891 or via the website.
Offer only available on full price £12 tickets from 4th Dec 2013 until Sun 5 Jan 2014. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with other offers and discounts. Not available on group bookings. We reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time. Applies to standard tickets onlyPop Art Design at The Barbican runs until February 9 2014.
This article was produced in association with The Barbican.
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