Room 9 Folk Pop

This room looks at the relationship between pop and folk art. These apparent opposites – the mass-produced versus the local and homespun – in fact share an interest in everyday visual culture supposedly separate from 'high art'.

Beatriz González brings handicraft, mass-production and canonical art history together in The Last Table, a simplified rendering of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper on a wood-effect table. Similarly, Parviz Tanavoli marries Iranian folk motifs and techniques with the bright colours of commercial products. Folk-pop works often blur the line between art work and functional object, from González's table to Tanavoli's carpet. Raúl Martínez adopts a naïve folk-painting style in his repeating grid of Fidel Castro in what might be seen as a riposte to Andy Warhol's screen-printed portraits grids based on celebrity publicity stills.