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From pop art to the present

The shadow also played a key role in the painting of the second half of the 20th century owing to the success of pop art on the international art scene in the 1960s. Through motifs and media linked to advertising, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein portrayed shadows as an ordinary feature of everyday life. Warhol in particular dedicated a complete series to the shadow. The central theme of the composition of the same name chosen for the exhibition is modern man breaking away from his shadow. In the wake of pop art and beyond it, the shadow has continued to capture the attention of artists such as Ed Ruscha, Gerhard Richter, Jürgen Klauke and Susan Rothenberg, while Claudio Parmiggiani and Tobia Ercolino evoke it as an ethereal, poetic presence.
The Shadow

Gerhard Richter (1932)
Kitchen Chair, 1965
Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Kitchen Chair

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
The Shadow, 1981
Screenprint on paper with diamond dust, 96.5 x 96.5 cm
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Ed Ruscha (1937)
Buffalo, 1989
Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 152.5 cm
Private collection, San Francisco. Courtesy of Modernism Inc., San Francisco