New Realism – Pop Art

Room 4

Visit MAMAC and discover on two floors and nearly 2,500 m², a selection of more than 200 works of art from the collection.
Every year MAMAC completely renews the top floor and offers new experiences in its key rooms dedicated to Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein and the international POP.
The collection is on the move for the pleasure of exploration and new dialogues.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, MAMAC is widely deploying in rooms 4 and 8 key pieces of this international movement emblematic of its collections.

Claes Oldenburg Shrimps on fork, 1965, Collection MAMAC, © Claes Oldenburg  ;  George Segal, Untitled, 1986, Collection MAMAC
Claes Oldenburg Shrimps on fork, 1965, Collection MAMAC, © Claes Oldenburg  ;  George Segal, Untitled, 1986, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo : François Fernandez

The revolution of the 1960s

The MAMAC collection bears testament to the emergence, at the end of the 1950s and the dawn of the 1960s, of movements borrowing from reality and the reinterpretation the nascent mass culture that was emerging both in France – particularly in Paris and around an artists’ centre in Nice – and in the United States.

This new artistic movement witnessed as much as it created a new visual language. This “pop” movement, sounding like an onomatopoeia, embodies a collective aspiration for the “modern”, the sanitized, the spectacular, the glamour, the leisure time, the hedonism and the projection towards a way of life of the future.

Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, Collection Guichard, en dépôt au Mamac ; John Chamberlain, Untitled (Sans titre), 1964, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020
; Jacques Villeglé, Boulevard Saint-Martin, 1959, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020  ; César, Dauphine, 1959-1970, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020
; Christo, Package on Luggage Rack, 1962, Collection Lilja Art Fund Foundation, en dépôt au Mamac. Photo : François Fernandez
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, Collection Guichard, en dépôt au Mamac ; John Chamberlain, Untitled (Sans titre), 1964, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020
; Jacques Villeglé, Boulevard Saint-Martin, 1959, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020  ; César, Dauphine, 1959-1970, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020
; Christo, Package on Luggage Rack, 1962, Collection Lilja Art Fund Foundation, en dépôt au Mamac. Photo : François Fernandez

Coming from the street, from its posters, from the efficacy of advertisements, from magazines enamelled with portraits of in vogue icons; stimulated by the possibilities offered by new materials – round, supple, plastic, brilliant colors – this aesthetic brings art and life closer together, reground creation in popular strains and dazzling, embraces the emerging mass culture.

Like kinetic art at the same time, Pop – without being political – carries a democratic ideal, the challenge of immediacy of perception, the ardour of a youth eager to invent its new world.
The name of this movement will be Pop in its British-American trajectory and then in its international orbit; “New Realism” in its Franco-European ascendancy and its reinvention of a dada attitude”..

Raymond Hains, SEITA, 1970, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020 ; Martial Raysse, Nissa Bella, 1964, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo : François Fernandez
Raymond Hains, SEITA, 1970, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020 ; Martial Raysse, Nissa Bella, 1964, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo : François Fernandez
Arman, Le Village de grand-mère, 1962, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Arman, Sans Titre, 1962, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Mimmo Rotella, Il mistero della piramide, 1962,Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Christo, Package, 1962, Collection Lilja Art Fund Foundation, en dépôt au Mamac. Photo : François Fernandez
Arman, Le Village de grand-mère, 1962, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Arman, Sans Titre, 1962, Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Mimmo Rotella, Il mistero della piramide, 1962,Collection MAMAC, © Adagp, Paris 2020 ; Christo, Package, 1962, Collection Lilja Art Fund Foundation, en dépôt au Mamac. Photo : François Fernandez
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