• Roy Lichtenstein, Masterpiece 1962.  Private collection
    Roy Lichtenstein, Masterpiece 1962

I’m Iria Candela, the co-curator of Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern. Since the exhibition opened there have been some great reviews in the press, but I would also like to hear your opinions. If you have visited the exhibition, what was it like seeing these iconic works face-to-face? Were you surprised by some of Lichtenstein’s lesser-known paintings, or by his sculptures and drawings? Do let me know your views, stories and comments.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. You can read more about it on my Lichtenstein blog or see what future exhibitions we have at Tate Modern.


Great show I really found it most informative I really wouldn't have looked at his work if I had not been a member and read about the exhibition in the magazine But I am really pleased I went along and thought the exhibition was just great Thanks

Excellent exhibition covering many sides of Lichenstein that are seldom seen or appreciated. Very well laid out show, following his career easily with good notes in each room. Fortunately we went on a Monday morning as I am finding these days too many shows are crowded with children and pushchairs turning the place into a creche. It is bad enough having precocious 8 year olds with the exhibition headphones on pretending to understand what they are hearing. The same with school parties. There should be child free days.

Really enjoyed the exhibition particularly the large scale paintings and the later work which i had not seen before. noticed one of the pieces had been borrowed from Wolverhampton Art gallery - who knew! Congratulations on bringing it all together

I've been to the Lichenstein 4 or 5 times now, and each time I go I see more, and it just gets better and better. Lichenstein's appropriation was such a good theme for this show. He was so witty, and managed to pay homage to other artists and yet consistently produce recognisable Lichensteins. The Art from Art room was a revelation, as were the Perfect/ Imperfect paintings. I love the fact that my membership enables me to visit time and again, so that I can look at just a few pieces in depth, then do the same with another section on my next visit. Thanks, Tate

I loved it - thank you. Went to the 10am Sunday viewing and maybe I was lucky not too many others were there to ruin my enjoyment. I am a huge fan of Lichtenstein but have never seen his work in 'real life'. I was shocked by the size of some of the work, especially Interior with waterllies, my personal favourite. loved the Art Deco inspired sculptures, which I was not aware of and felt very emotional at seeing the Chinese paintings. it was well laid out, it made 'sense' to me. I hope I get a chance to come back and see it again before it finishes.

"I'm interested in portraying a sort of antisensibility that pervades society," Lichtenstein said, summing up his work. For me the Tate Modern exhibition shows just how well he succeeded. His comic book inspired pictures will forever be associated in my mind with the now demolished Queen Mary College Halls of Residence refectory, where large prints of his and Warhol’s works were hung on the walls. On reflection that was probably a fitting setting. As far as I can see from the paintings on show, even those that emulate earlier painters, they are consistently flat, processed and without emotional depth.

An enjoyable exhibition.

I knew little of Lichtenstein's work other than the 'Wham' picture but was prepared to enjoy it. I went with a friend who was less enthusiastic but willing to keep an open mind. We both came out singing and dancing, well, not literally, but were really impressed with the range of work on show and the CLEVERNESS of it too. Loved the 3D things which neither of us knew he had done, and enjoyed that experimental feel and the skill in his use of colour and design and drawing/painting. So refreshing!

(We'd just come from the Manet in the morning with the sombre and cathedral-like sense of hushed reverence that can kill your pleasure at an exhibition. The lightness, pleasure and noise at the Lichtenstein was also a refreshing uplift).

With the luxury of the best bargain in London, Tate Membership, I can come and see these works as often as I like. I tend to flit through my first viewing without the headset guide and try and form my opinion without clues or guidance. Litchenstein's wit and sense of mischief shine through from the off. His early works lack the polish, care and vision of the later years, but he really makes up for it. I was astounded at the sculptures, with his subtle nods to the Art Deco of his home city, and the comics he loved. (Was 'Call Stan' on Diary a wink to Mr Lee? I'll find out on my next visit, with the help of the commentary, with a bit of luck!) This is one of the best exhibitions I have seen at The Tate, and I can't wait to see it again. It was also nice to see so many children enjoying the art.

Interesting Exhibition, as Lichtenstein Just a little older then me, grew up with the same Art and cartoons I was familiar with. Therefore his interpretation of some things of the time are especially interesting. There was some excitement in the exhibition as young, very young, old and very old mingled and enjoyed it. This is Lichtenstein appeal - ageless...

Enjoyed it.


Hi Iria

I really enjoyed the exhibition and looking forward to coming back soon!

Parabéns polo traballo. Merece unha visita máis longa en canto teña máis tempo :)

I liked the show and it was good to see the well known pictures live and up close for the first time. My only criticism would be the lack of any real information about the artist himself. Apart from the usual pseudy stuff that described each room, I felt I left the exhibition none the wiser about the man.

I liked the show and it good to see the well known pictures live and up close for the first time. My only criticism would be the lack of any real information about the artist himself. Apart from the usual pseudy stuff that described each room, I felt I left the exhibition none the wiser about the man himself.

Despite the April snow showers! well worth the visit, excellent exhibition, a real eye opener to an artist generally known for his comic book creations. On seeing such a retrospective, it gives Lichtenstein overdue acclaim in bringing together popular culture with fine art. Surprisingly it is the broad range of imagery that attracts the attention, the sculptures were unexpected, the parodies of Picasso and Matisse are intriguing and the studio creations are an amazing feat of precision painting. It is evident that Lichtenstein is at heart a traditional painter, he engages you with his technique and the exploration of subject matter but turns on its head with his unique style of approach. I walked away wanting to know more about this artist and the mechanics of his creations. The exhibition has certainly made me reassess his body of works and look further into Lichtenstein's legacy to painting.

We went yesterday, 6th April, and enjoyed it immensely. There were a lot of people there and many of them seemed determined to stand in the way, but that is life, so get over it!

I was really impressed by the number of works borrowed from private individuals and I am extremely jealous of them - having a Lichtenstein at home must be a magical combination of social kudos, economic value, humour and entertainment. If I could take a work home, it would either be one of the explosion sculptures or Landscape with Philosopher. As it was, my wife spent a fortune in the shop; book, post cards, cushion covers, mugs etc........

I loved the way the works were displayed and grouped together; the only way I believe that the environment could be improved would be to limit the audience to a pitifully small number; neither practical or desirable commercially.

I look forward to the Lowry, where we will turn up mob handed!

An excellently curated exhibition gliding effortlessly through his career. Most of his works make me want to smile. I never knew he did ceramics and sculptures and I had certainly never before seen the latest Chinese works which were beautiful and different but still his.

I LOVED Washington crossing the Delaware! I wish there had been a postcard reproduction!

Also did not realize that the early brushstroke work was a statement on abstract expressionists. Interesting. And loves how he brought the brush strokes back later but this time actually incorporating more abstract expressionism.

Great exhibit. Enjoyed and learned.

I found the exhibition outstanding . There was far more to see than I expected and I loved the pop art but found the range of the exhibition really exciting. I will be visiting again and will listen to the audio guide next time . Well done To the team

It was really interesting and I hadn't come across the works in the 1990s before - but it was so busy - I want to pay another visit when I can see the works without bumping into people

I was taken by surprise in the Nudes room and especially the Mirrors room. I didn't expect the exhibition would make me think so much - a superb event.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, but almost missed the best room, I was expecting the exhibition to end with a Whaam! So had no choice but to head back to the begining, however it was worth swimming against the hoards to see the most iconic pieces. As I opened fire..Takka Takka..Torpedo Los!..Whaam...I had goosebumps.


Loved the show. The Chinese painting themed works in the last room in particular are incredible. Just hadn't associated this sort of work with Lichtenstein before seeing the exhibition!

A good exhibition, yes, but never mind the Lichtensteins, I was most impressed by the gift shop; clothes, iPhone covers and even beer.

very enjoyable.pleasantly surprised.it would be nice if there was seating in every room.

Thank you Iria, We loved the exhibition! My two girls who are 8 and 9 years of age loved the interactive magnetic Lichtenstein pop art wall down on floor zero. From there we visited the exhibition which was breathtaking. Didn't expect to see so many works of art! The girls bought blank note books and pencils from the gift shop and spent much of their time drawing and writing about the works of art! As they went on. After a break and bite to eat, they demanded to go back and do it all again with the head set! We arrived at 11:00 and left at 6pm. A truly brilliant day at the Tate!

I was frustrated by crowds standing four deep when I was at a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition many years ago and I find this to be my experience for almost every 'blockbuster exhibition' I've ever been to. So coming to this show with a friend, I braced myself for the predicted scrum. There were lots of people, as expected, but I was pleasantly surprised to find there was plenty of space and I was able to see everything.

I've only seen Lichtenstein's work in books, postcards and T-shirts, so it was great to be able see the pieces up close. No print can ever fully capture the brush strokes, the creation of the dots and the sheer size of some of the pieces. The war and romance room contained many of the most recognisable works, but there were areas like the modern room containing the Art Deco inspired brass sculptures and the room with the Chinese paintings, proving there was more to Lichtenstein than comic book dots.

I really enjoyed the exhibition and I'm going there again, but next time I'll take advantage of the audio description to enhance the experience.

Have thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition, went the second day it was on, then went yesterday. As I'm on school holiday I shall go again next week! I love the Japanese work. Took my daughter and she and I really were surprised as we didn't know that he did this type of work. Thanks for a great exhibition.

What an awsome experience!!! We immensely enjoyed the exhibition on April 2, and only left reluctantly after several hours.....

Such a fun exhibition. No fat or filler at all. Either it was very well curated or I'm such a fan, or both. All my faves were there. Thank you. I loved it.


Thank you a great exhibition. I learnt a lot from the excellent information on the walls and booklet. It was so colourful and I was interested to see the sculptures also. Derek

Since you since you ask...I've been a big Lichtenstein fan for many years and was looking forward to the exhibition. I have to say compared to the 2004 Hayward one I thought it lack a certain drama and depth. The rooms were so small and crowded you couldn't really stand back to enjoy the spectacle of the paintings and the few background drawings you had only gave a glimpse of what I'd expected from pre-publicity. You didn't even have the large brushstroke painting (is it No6?) that used to be at the Tate when it was all at Tate Britain.

On a positive note it was good to see his early abstract expressionist paintings, the Modern sculptures & paintings and the late nudes but in the end I thought the 2004 exhibition was better, sorry.

Looking forward to Patrick Caulfield though - hopefully some sketches, early works and late works too. Maybe something about his technique too.


Does anybody know if he continued to paint his own canvases in their entirety throughout his career?

Did he paint all the different Benday dots himself or have assistants?

If he did them himself is this also a factor in our respect for him as a 'maker' of his own work?

I think he had a team but this is a bit of a tired argument - Rambrant etc had whole teams of people painting their pictures so its not new. Look at the image and effect of the work and don;t get hung up on the Romantic rhetoric of "the authentic artist", it doesn't exist. Don't you think Springsteen does overdubs on his records?

Really enjoyed this exhibition. I only know Lichtenstein's famous pop-art, so it was a surprise to me that he'd explored other forms. I was hugely impressed by Lichtenstein's theoretical knowledge and skill in deconstructing other works of art — the Art Deco sculptures (especially the one with the red rope) were a highlight (and I hate Art Deco!). My husband and I both loved the early paintings, especially Alka-Seltzer, and we also loved Lichtenstein's late oriental landscapes. On top of all this, it was also great to see the big famous works, like WHAAM, in the flesh.

The only failing of the exhibition in my eyes is the positioning of the text that accompanies each room of art. I know this is always an issue when working out how to lay out an exhibition, but we found that on entering each room, in order to read the summary (which was not the same as in the printed guide), we basically had to stand in the way of others trying to enter the room. And because of our very British reluctance to stand too close to strangers, this meant that groups of us, carefully spaced apart, ended up making it very difficult for others to pass through, or to read the text themselves. While I admit that we did go on a busier day (Good Friday, so a bank holiday), it did feel a bit like flow around the exhibition had been designed with few visitors in mind, rather than many; there were definitely several pinch points.

If it sounds like I've given this a little too much thought, I should perhaps disclose that I work as a user experience consultant, helping companies develop seamless online journeys for the people using their digital products — but I've also been in conversation with museum curators at the British Museum about how to create seamless journeys through gallery and exhibition spaces. It turns out that the two worlds share a lot of common issues, and some common solutions. Ping me on Twitter (@finiteattention) if you'd like to chat about this, as it's something I find enormously interesting.

Kind regards, and thanks for making this space available for us to give feedback!



It was difficult to see the exhibition but I'll put that down it being Easter Monday when I visited.

A display physically showing some of his tools might have been good as well.

Also a nod to his legacy by showing his influence on those that came after him might have been useful as well.

I really enjoyed this exhibition. I felt that I was witnessing Lichtenstein's artistic evolution and changes in personal taste as I discovered the different rooms. The audio guide, with some of his favourite jazz songs on the background as well as commentaries by both himself as his wife, was definitely an added value and made me really appreciate him as a person and artist even more.

We visited the exhibition yesterday. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the show. Our favourite piece was quite a simple one really, it was the Alka-Selza black and white piece. We wished there had been a postcard of it. Unusually, we bought some merchandise, the cushion covers were really good fun and were very good value; as were most of the other things for sale, which seems rare nowadays at most galleries. So thank you Tate.

It was a great show; I liked the structure and the explanatory notes on the wall. It was great to see more unknown pieces and I really liked the paintings influenced by Chinese art!! Very nice!!

I saw my first Lichtenstein as a teenager and loved his work for the bright colours, comic book style and irony. The Tate retrospective is incredible - not just because we get to see Lichtenstein up close, but because his work is contextualised: reading about Lichtenstein wanting to portray the position of women in the 1950s as extensions of household products in advertising campaigns I found really elevated the pieces. I laughed out loud a few times - the scale of the work combined with his style seemed to give each piece more life. I thought his abstract work, 1950s compared to 1990s, showed the journey of his art, but what topped it for me was firstly the sculptures and the Chinese landscape pieces - what a gem right at the end of the exhibition and work that isn't often seen. Thanks to the Tate for this one. Viv

Seen quite a few before in various places worldwide, but to see them all in one place and so well grouped was a revelation. I will be back!

A very informative and comprehensive exhibition. The artist, alas, was a bit disappointing. It was great to see all the iconic paintings (and their comic-strip sources) in one place. The later works anyhow proved Lichtenstein as an exclusively graphic artist, who unsuccessfully tried to transfer his approach to painting and even to the third dimension.

We really enjoyed the Lichtenstein Retrospective, the famous works were impressive in the "flesh".

There were works I was not familiar with, I particularly enjoyed the Chinese Landscapes. I would liked to have seem more of these. They could also have been in a bigger space, there was not room to stand far enough back to full appreciate these pictures.

Brilliant, loved it as did my 2 little ones (4 and 5yrs) a great vibrant display, well worth the visit.


An excellent exhibition. I have visited a number of Tate special exhibitions and this was the best so far. I am always disappointed if there is no audio guide - so very pleased there was one for this - and I particularly liked the audio guide which gave the usual commentary on the major pieces (especially good for highlighting elements or interpretations of the works that I had not spotted) and also included insightful extracts from interviews (eg with the artist) - please aim to use a similar approach for future exhibitions where possible. I had not seen the 3d explosion sculptures before - stunning. The energy and movement in the war pieces is incredible and just has to be seen "in the flesh" to be fully appreciated. A once in a lifetime exhibition - such a shame I live too far away to be likely to be able to make another visit. Thank you

Loved it. Great to see so much work that is unfamiliar. The black and white and the Chinese stuff was a delight to discover.

Wonderful exhibition! He is quite possibly my favourite artist and I have seen many of the paintings before but it is always a pleasure to see them "live", just to be in the same room with them lifts my heart. I really appreciated the way the rooms were laid out, it all made sense. Thank you.

Excellent exhibition. All themes brilliantly laid out. Rooms such as "art about art" (by far my favourite and a happy discovery), "artist's studios" and "chinese landscapes" speak loud and clear of how big of a creator he was, far beyond the simplistic descriptions of just being a "pop artist" This exhibition puts him in the fair and deserved place of a great 20th century author.

We greatly enjoyed the exhibition. It was good to have a sense of the variety of Lichtenstein's work - I was only aware of the pop-art with which he is so associated. His re-working and reinterpretation of the work of other artists was most interesting - I particularly liked Rouen Cathedral, and the Chinese paintings. It was also good to see some sculptures, and I loved the items in the series Modern Sculpture.

I thought that this would be an incredible opportunity to see Lichtensteins work all in one space, re-living my early art education and re-acquainting myself with these iconic pieces. It's a shame I couldn't see the artworks with the volume of crowds around each work. The amount of times tiny children bashed into my legs as they ran around manically was very distracting. I grew more and more frustrated and zoomed through hoping the next room was the last. I was disappointed that I couldn't spend time with the art and left having only seen corners and snippets of the paintings. Even Damian Hirst wasn't as bad as this experience!