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Art goes POP in Banbury!

Pop Art in Print; featuring work by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and more

On Saturday 1st December, Banbury Museum will reopen its doors, and welcome visitors to the stunning new PYE Gallery. The first exhibition to grace these custom-built spaces is Pop Art in Print from the extensive print collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This is the first time a national touring exhibition of this calibre has been shown in Banbury, and marks a key turning point in the cultural regeneration of the town.

Bringing together over 60 works by more than 30 artists, this fascinating exhibition includes work by giants of the Pop Art scene including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Peter Blake alongside Damien Hirst and other contemporary artists influenced by the modern age’s most important art movement.

Sandra from the series Baby Baby Wild Things, 1968 © Gerald Laing Estate

Vibrant, sexy and very much of the moment, Pop Art reflected a fascination with celebrities and brands. Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, the movement generated an innovative culture of printmaking. Pop artists recognised the potential of prints to communicate ideas quickly and cheaply, creating art which both mirrored and critiqued the American Dream.

The redevelopment of the museum has taken place during the autumn, and the beautiful new gallery will now be large enough to host touring exhibitions from national museums and collections, helping to put Banbury’s arts and culture offer on the map, where it belongs.

Simon Townsend, Director of Banbury Museum said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting this inspiring exhibition in our new gallery. It’s the first time an exhibition from the V&A has been shown here, and we feel honoured to be able to offer the people of Banburyshire the chance to experience world class art in their own town. This is just the start of our plans to bring great art and culture to the town, and we’re determined to show the region how great Banbury is!

The exhibition opens with a pop-tastic day for all of the family, on Saturday 1st December from 10.00am – 5.00pm. As well as exploring the stunning new spaces, and experiencing world class art, there will be a range of FREE creative activities for families to get hands-on with. As well as making party poppers, coasters and cartoon strips, kids can get decorated 1960s style by a fabulous face painter and talented musicians, who will help create a really special day to celebrate the launch of our new-look museum.

The exhibition is open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, and Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm from 1st December 2018 until 3rd March 2019.