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POST-POP. BEYOND THE COMMONPLACE Detours from Pop in Portugal and England, 1965-1975
This exhibition presents more than 200 works of art mainly produced between 1965 and 1975 in Portugal and England, some of them are special loans from the Arts Council of Great Britain and from the British Council in London, others from several Portuguese institutional collections and private collectors.
The presence of British artists such as Allen Jones, Bernard Cohen, Jeremy Moon, Tom Phillips and Patrick Caulfield is due to the recognition of the importance of the British artistic and cultural context for the Portuguese artists, and the strong presence of British works of art in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum’s Modern Collection. This important collection of British art was assembled in London with two grants that were given by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to the British Council in 1959 and 1964. The works were bought by recommendation from the acquisition committee that was also advising the purchases of the British Council Collection.
In this exhibition a unity can be found between the diverse works through their goodhumoured divergence from the commonplace usually proposed by Pop Art. If Pop is considered the last of the great classical languages of art, it has been followed by a period of fragmentation and dispersion of the image, at times combining abstraction and figuration. They use serialisation, standardisation, collage and clippings, at times in dialogue with new cinema, in an interesting form of technical and conceptual sharing.