Exhibition. Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton. Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956/1992. Collage. 26 x 25 cm. Private Collection. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
The Museo Reina Sofía presents the largest retrospective to date on the work of Richard Hamilton (London, 1922 - 2011), a key figure in Pop Art and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Organised by the Museo Reina Sofía, this exhibition is the last exhibition project with direct participation from the artist and offers a comprehensive retrospective journey through his work by virtue of over 250 works, produced between 1949 and 2011, in an array of mediums, genres and themes.
By and large, through the appropriation and re-contextualisation of pre-existing images, Hamilton was able to construct an incisive and multifaceted iconographic discourse that, via its playful and ironic veneer, set forth a critical reflection – not free from a certain degree of fascination – on consumer society and contemporary media imagery. The exhibition also analyses the dialogue that many of Hamilton’s works held with other creators, in particular Marcel Duchamp.
The exhibition features Richard Hamilton’s most widely recognised works, including the seminal Pop Art piece Just What is it that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?; his design for the Beatles’ album cover, popularly known as the “White Album”; and his pictorial-photographic series Swingeing London 67 and My Marilyn. Moreover, a number of the exhibition installations Hamilton designed (and actively participated in) in the 1950s have been recreated, such as Growth and Form, Man Machine and Motion, Fun House and an Exhibit.
Date: 27 June - 13 October 2014
Location: Sabatini Building, Floor 3
Curated by: Vicente Todolí and Paul Schimmel
Touring exhibition: Tate Modern, London (13 February 2014 — 26 May 2014)
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofia
With the sponsorship of: fundación abertis
Activities related to the exhibition
Richard Hamilton. Swingeing London 67. Lithography, 1968-69. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
The Museo Reina Sofía complements and broadens the Richard Hamilton exhibition with an extensive programme of activities that offer a multifaceted image of not only one of the most significant artists in recent times, but also one that is hugely relevant to understanding a kind of Pop Art that differs from its myths.
Film series. Against Pop. Seduction and Resistance
This series represents a cinematic reproduction of the critical and dissenting pop Hamilton represented. Therefore, it includes different statements of dissident cinema between the end of the 1950s and the end of the 1970s, from the radical underground experimentation of the Kuchar brothers and Bruce Conner, to Free Cinema in Britain and the social and political satire of Jean-Luc Godard, as well as politicised rock in Swingeing London.
Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 28 August
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Seminar. What is it that makes Pop so different, so attractive? Art and popular culture in a world undergoing a transformation
This seminar studies the changing relationship between art, science and technology and new lifestyles determined by the post-war consumer capitalism in the British artist. The seminar looks at how Hamilton’s work progressively broadened his interests, with the study of territorial conflicts, the role of history painting and the technology fetish; in short, a stance between artist and citizen.
Date: 25 September
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Master lecture by Benjamin Buchloh
Located within the framework of the Museo Reina Sofía lectures, a public programme that began in 2010, this year the lecture will be held by one of the most pre-eminent specialists in European post-war art, Benjamin Buchloh, who will exercise an approach to Richard Hamilton characterised by the tension between art and the public sphere.
Date: 8 and 9 October
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Education. Workshops and guided visits
A series of workshops and visits geared towards families, school pupils and young people have also been scheduled:
Artist’s Workshop. Hamilton and the Power of the Image. From September onwards. For young people aged between 16 and 20. In the company of an artist, participants will define, through Hamilton, artistic practices and pieces to work on. Hamilton’s interest in popular and commercial culture, photography and computer-generated images make him a fitting artist for stimulating processes of critical analysis and creation.
Guided visit. Apropos of ... Hamilton to take place on Thursdays and Saturdays, until the conclusion of the exhibition.
Interactive visit for Secondary School and Sixth Form Pupils. From 15 September to 13 October.
Publication. Richard Hamilton
This reference work looks over the entire career of Richard Hamilton, from his beginnings at the end of the 1940s to 2011. In addition to essays by Benjamin H.D. Buchloch, Hal Foster, Mark Godfrey, Alice Rawsthorn, Paul Schimmel, Fanny Singer, Victoria Walsh and Richard Hamilton himself, the catalogue is profusely illustrated and includes unpublished images of exhibitions held in the 1950s: Growth and Form; Man, Machine and Motion; and an Exhibit, in addition to his graphic work, publishing projects and the complete series of Polaroid portraits by some of his artist friends.