Pop Art Design

The exhibition Pop Art Design at Moderna Museet in Stockholm aims to explore the dialogue between art and design during one of the most epoch-making art movements in our time. The pop era.

Something happened in the art world in the beginning of the sixties. Suddenly the artists found their inspiration in the society and the people around them. The subject matter, the motives, and the style were drawn from everyday life, mass media, and popular culture. Celebrities, logotypes, cans of soup, body parts, electronics, machines, text – anything could be turned into art. The new movement was named pop art. The pop artists challenged established traditions and hierarchical structures with wit, humour, and tongue in cheek. Despite the pop artists’s somewhat blasé approach to the art world, with its seriousness and unwritten laws, they would shake that world to the core.


– In some ways, we are living today in the aftermath of a society that was shaped in the pop era. Issues of identity, commercialism and popular culture are still highly relevant. The celebrity cult exploded in the postwar era and is just as strong today, and perhaps everyone can have their 15 minutes of fame now, for instance with Instagram, says Matilda Olof-Ors, one of the curators of the exhibition Pop Art Design, that are on view at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

The exhibition Pop Art Design examines the relationship between art and design in the pop era. The pop artists were to a large extent influenced by the design that surrounded them in the society, while the designers became inspired by the pop artists’s new take on art. By showing paintings next to sofas next to covers from records and magazines, the exhibition aims to explore the dialogue between the two disciplines.

Harper’s Bazaar, by Ruth Ansel, Bea Feitler, and Richard Avedon, 1965, and Roy Lichtenstein – Image Duplicator, 1963.

The exhibition covers art, design objects, films and documentary photographs, by artists and designer such as Charles and Ray Eames, Öyvind Fahlström, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Superstudio, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition is organised jointly by Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein and Moderna Museet, in association with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

Pop Art Design will be on view at Moderna Museet until the 22nd of September.