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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Beyond Pop

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Beyond Pop, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Beyond Pop collection showcases the use of mass media imagery in fine art. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Music from the Balconies, 1984, by Edward Ruscha
2. Self – Portrait, 1967, by Andy Warhol
3. Atlantic Civilisation, 1953, by André Fougeron

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery explores Pop Art. While people think of America when they think of Pop, this was actually a global movement. It was an artistic reaction to the rise of mass media, that was not limited by geographical boundaries.
  • The Pop aesthetic is unique owing to its glorification of popular imagery, loud colours, consumerism, and celebrity culture. But this is not all that the movement is about. Yes, Pop does embrace all these aspects of society, but in a way that allows space for dialogue and critique.
  • Pop artists are not merely quoting from popular culture to make their art seem relatable. When Andy Warhol painted Gold Marilyn Monroe in 1962 (this work is housed at the MoMA, New York), he did so to highlight the notion of celebrity culture and Hollywood. Wherein the Hollywood star has, it seems, taken the place of God at the altar, and is worthy of worship and praise.

A Final Thought

Satire and critique are crucial non-visual elements in Pop Art. When faced with such a work, one may ask the question : why did the artist choose to represent this particular subject matter? Because while Pop may seem like a random, kitschy, anyone-can-do-it form of art, it really is not.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there. 

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