Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons and Rachel Whiteread are among the artists featured in this celebration of Pop Art's enduring legacy.

The success of the Pop Art movement has rarely been paralleled. While its origins famously lie in Britain and the US in the 1950s, over the last six decades its influence has spread across Europe, Asia and the Soviet republics – despite the fact that identifying artists hail from wildly different cultures with sometimes contradictory ideologies.

This exhibition examines the relationship between western Pop Art and its lesser-known eastern counterparts. Sots Art, for example, was pioneered in the Soviet Union to draw attention to issues of state control, conformity and the façade of unanimity amongst the people. Meanwhile Political-Pop, which has flourished in Greater China, provides a commentary on the social dislocation caused by the nation's rapid transformation from impoverishment to economic super power.

Representing contemporary western practice are a host of notable Britsh and American artists, including Michael Craig-Martin, Gary Hume, Linder, Julian Opie, Marc Quinn, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, Jenny Holzer and Cindy Sherman.

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