“Someday all department stores will become museums, and all museums will become department stores” – Andy Warhol.
And Lisbon’s Colombo Shopping Centre is proving not only it’s possible, but it works.
With its annual art exhibitions “Art Comes to Colombo” they are breaking the convention of closing the artworks between 4 walls of art galleries.
They make it open to the public; they make it accessible and free. They make it what art should be.
This time they introduced the works of one the most recognisable art figures in the mass culture – Roy Lichtenstein.
The American is mostly known for his pop-art artisan-ship and the innovative ‘dot’ technique that forever will remain his trademark.
Completing art studies in Ohio, his primary source of influence was iconography, cartoons and comic books. But not only. Interestingly, he searched new inspirations in surrealism, cubism, expressionism. He found it in Picasso, Cézanne, Mondrian. He is still keeping the designs characteristic, colourful and loud.
The exhibition takes us through 41 of his pieces, showing the variety of contexts he was working in – posters, advertising, illustrations but all having a common thread – Pop Art.
address: av. lusíada, 1500-392 Lisboa
openings: every day 10:00 – 24:00
What do you guys think about this idea – bringing Art into a shopping mall?