Tate Modern

Beyond Pop

Boiler House Level 4 East
Renate Bertlmann, ‘Exhibitionism’ 1973
Renate Bertlmann, Exhibitionism 1973. Tate. © Renate Bertlmann

Survey global artworks that reflect on social and political issues via images from the mass media

Pop art engages with the mass-produced imagery of popular culture. It is often thought of as a North American and British phenomenon, but in fact a wide range of different cultures and countries contributed to the pop movement during the 1960s and 1970s.

What unites the diverse work in this room is the presence of figures or other recognisable forms – a reaction to the dominance of abstraction in mid-twentieth-century art. The imagery is often borrowed from advertising and the popular press, and many works mimic the bold shapes and colours of product packaging or signage.

But as the works here show, drawing on popular or commercial sources doesn’t lead pop art to celebrate consumerism. Instead it can encompass a range of responses, from cool irony to subversive social critique.

Curated by Flavia Frigeri.

Venue

Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Art in this room

All rooms in this display

We recommend

Read

Pop goes the playlist!

Listen to genre-spanning and globe trotting DJ duo Javybz’s special playlist created for Tate’s 2015 exhibition The World Goes Pop

Watch

Global Pop symposium recording – Day 1

For an in-depth exploration into global pop, watch recordings of Tate’s 2013 symposium

Find out more

Shop

Tate Introductions Andy Warhol

An affordable introduction to Andy Warhol’s life and work.

£8.99

Antonio Dias paw silk scarf

Mixing pop art, fashion, parody and politics this large silk scarf features a design from a work by Brazilian pop artist Antonio Dias

£135.00