I’m Iria Candela co-curator of Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern.

Curator Iria Candela in the Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern
Curator Iria Candela at the Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern

Thank you for all your comments about Lichtenstein on my blog. It has been fascinating to read what you think about Lichtenstein, how your perspectives have been changed and even that one of you was proposed to by the The Ring (Engagement) piece!  Many of you have been surprised by the scale of the paintings in the show, or the lesser known pieces such as his sculptures and Chinese landscapes.

On Thursday 25 April at 18:00 BST I’ll be giving a Tate Tour on Twitter of the exhibition live from Tate Modern, telling the stories behind the artworks in each room in the exhibition. This is the first time we have done a tour on Twitter, but I hope it will allow even more of you get to know Lichtenstein and his work.

After the tour I will be doing a live Q&A on Twitter to answer more of your questions about the exhibition.

You can take part online on Twitter by tweeting your questions @Tate using #TateTour. To ask a question you will need to have a Twitter account, as I’ll be responding to the questions through @Tate.

I hope you can join me next Thursday.


I thought it was a really interesting and well laid-out exhibition. I hadn't realised previously how influenced Lichtenstein was by Mondrian, in terms of colour, and it was interesting to see. The exhibition also really bought home to me how he played with other artists' key themes or stylistic traits to make something new and to question what art really is. I loved the seascape series and also the Chinese landscape pictures. It's a shame these were not available as prints in the Tate shop.

Hi Iria, Thank you for the beautiful Lichtenstein exhibition; I enjoyed seeing the the early works and the mirrors in particular. I had never seen them before. I try to remember Lichtenstein's quote which was painted on the yellow wall in the last room. You read it just before you leave the exhibition. It was about his life long search to unfold the mystery of painting and making art. If not asked too much could you do me a favour and send me this quote ? Thanks a lot! Mirjam

Hi veelenv,

Thank you for your comment on the exhibition, it's great to hear how some of the works were completely new for you. In answer to your question the quote on the last wall of the show says:

"It was very obvious to me that there was some underlying, difficult-to-grasp principle about art; that if two things can be very much alike to me and one can be of great value, the other be aesthetically valueless, that there must be some very subtle thing that has to do with painting. And I was very much interested in finding out what that underlying principle is."

I hope this helps! Iria

Congratuations to all who were involved with this superb Lichtenstein retrospective. It is the best, well-hung, well-lit , well-selected Lichtenstein exhibition I've ever seen - viz The earlier Hayward, and Gagosian shows. Perfect. unmissable. C. Morey de Morand

My daughter and I were disappointed in the main apart from the iconic comic book paintings. Another comment talked about the artist struggling to come to terms with his identity. I'm not sure about that, but a lot of the wroks unfortunately did not register. Perhaps just not my thing. I was a collector of American comics, and the artwork of some of the artists was frequently excellent - Jack Kirby to name but one (Marvel legend). I also agree that there should have been more prints and posters available in the shop.