Pop Art Matthys-Colle Collection / S.M.A.K. From Warhol to Panamarenko

Liesje Vandenbroeck, Marthy Locht, Philippe van Cauteren, Iris Paschalidis

S.M.A.K., 2021


In 2019, the Flemish Community acquired ‘Great American Nude #45’ (1963) by Tom Wesselmann from the Matthys-Colle Collection. The purchase was linked to the long-term loan of 39 other works of art from the same collection to the museum. This event is the starting point of a unique and important public-private partnership in Belgium, from which this exhibition emerges. Representative pop art works from the Matthys-Colle Collection by, among others, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein and Konrad Klapheck are brought together with a selection from the collection of S.M.A.K.

Pop art is originally a Western phenomenon that originated in the 1950s in London and New York. Pop art is a visual response to a materialistic culture that reached new heights in the 1960s and whose visual language is borrowed from the mass media worlds of advertising, magazines, television and film. The accessible style soon captured the imagination of many young European artists and they also embraced the movement.

With works by Valerio Adami, Evelyne Axell, Marcel Broodthaers, Christo, Raoul De Keyser, Guy Degobert, Jim Dine, Etienne Elias, Jef Geys, Raymond Hains, Allen Jones, Konrad Klapheck, Tetsumi Kudo, Roy Lichtenstein, Konrad Lueg, Pol Mara Claes Oldenburg, Panamarenko, Peter Phillips, Robert Rauschenberg, Roger Raveel, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Martial Raysse, Gerhard Richter, James Rosenquist, Mimmo Rotella, George Segal, Daniel Spoerri, Emilio Tadini, Jacques Villeglé, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.


ISBN: 9789075679656

200 pages, illustrated, 25,5 x 17 cm, paperback, Dutch/French/English