How Evil Is Pop Art?
New European Realism 1959–1966
Published by Mousse Publishing.
Text by Tobia Bezzola, Vincenzo de Bellis
This richly illustrated catalogue is published on the occasion of the group exhibition How Evil Is Pop Art? New European Realism 1959-1966, which stems from the desire to reread the European Pop phenomenon via an encounter between two private collections: the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, and one of the foremost private collections of this artistic current. With 42 works, all of which were executed between 1959 and 1966, the book compares the works of 31 artists, including pioneers of early British Pop such as Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Allen Jones and David Hockney, alongside some of the major exponents of French Nouveau Réalisme, such as Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle and Daniel Spoerri; and Peter Klasen and Konrad Lueg who represent a radical break from German abstract painting. An important position is occupied by the different groups of Italian Pop art, including famous representatives like Mimmo Rotella, Franco Angeli, Gianfranco Baruchello, Tano Festa, Mario Schifano and Michelangelo Pistoletto, who distinguished themselves for the multiplicity of their languages, as well as for their links with the cultural tradition of their country.