Richard Hamilton

From his early exhibition designs of the 1950s to his final paintings of 2011, this display explores the work of one of the founding figures of pop art.

The first retrospective to encompass the full scope of Richard Hamilton's 60-year career, it includes examples of his painting, photography, design and television production, as well as his collaborations with other artists.

Hamilton is best known for his pivotal role in the birth of pop art and his groundbreaking installation Fun House – which combines images from movie-posters, magazines and art history – forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

Other works include the life-long series of Polaroid portraits taken by other artists, such as Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and his final computer-aided paintings, inspired by the Italian Renaissance masters.

Thought is also given to the importance of his exhibition designs and installations. On display is a recreation of Lobby, in which a painting of a hotel lobby in echoed by a column and staircase in the gallery room itself. 

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Hamilton's works were inspired by contemporary issues of the day, from popular culture to events in the political realm. For example, the Swingeing London 67 series – ArtFunded in 2006 – was the artist's response to the arrest and trial of Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and Hamilton's art dealer, Robert Fraser who were given 'swingeing' sentences by a judge for possession and use of illegal drugs as a deterrent to others.

Later works draw on the Kent State shootings and the IRA 'dirty protests', while Treatment Room and Shock and Awe, feature former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.


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Venue details

Tate Modern Bankside London SE1 9TG 020 7887 8888 www.tate.org.uk

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Sun – Thu, 10am – 6pm (last admission to special exhibitions is at 5.15pm)
Fri – Sat, 10am – 10pm (last admission to special exhibitions is at 9.15pm)

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