Pop and Abstract

National Museum Cardiff

9 March – 1 September 2013

A new show highlighting a group of revolutionary artists who transformed British art in the post-war years featuring 60s stalwarts Alan Davie, Peter Blake and Bridget Riley.

Alan Davie, Crazy Gondolier, 1960

The sixties saw a radical collection of young artists determined to break with European art traditions. Taking their cue from mass production and advertising, they set out to re-define British art.

Abstract artists like Alan Davie flung out the constraints of society as spontaneously as he hurled a pot of paint across a canvass. Bridget Riley created paintings that disorientated the vision and buzzed like battery acid, while Peter Blake revealed that Wrestling was just as much a subject for art as hunting was.

This large exhibition keeps the talent connected to Wales by focusing on those who were born or worked here. It also features Welsh artists who have been inspired by British Pop artists including the wonderful Mali Morris and Ken Elias.

Don't miss

Crazy Gondolier (1960) by Alan Davie, purchased with the help of the Art Fund, it is a vibrant dream-like picture incorporating a variety of shamanic and religious symbols from a rainbow and a snake to the cross.

Angel and People (1978) Mali Morris, one of Morris’ early experimental paintings made by lying the canvas on the floor and using liquid acrylic.

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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