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The important Pop Artist Mel Ramos had dedicated his largest European retrospective to the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks from 18th June to 8th January, 2012. It is arriving to the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks directly from the Albertina in Vienna, before its return to the USA.
Alongside the 75th birthday of the Californian artist, the exhibition also marks the occasion of 50 years of the Pop Art movement. This representative cross-section of Ramos’s life’s work embraces paintings, conceptual sketches and sculptures.
Creative phases in the show are represented by major works: early paintings that take leave of Abstract Expressionism, the presentation of comic heroes and Wonder Women of the 1960s and of course his Commercial Pin-ups, for which, at the end of the 1960s, Ramos became garnered great renown. In the oil-painted satirical pastiches of brand advertising, pin-up girls nestle up to gigantic coke bottles, cigarette packets and cheese cubes.
The exhibition at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is exhibiting the series A Salute to Art History, in which he imbued nude paintings by classical masters with the sex appeal of pop culture including views of the Californian landscape that no one but Ramos would refer to. In addition recent works such as the series Galatea and elements from his excursion into the world of sculpture feature in Mel Ramos’ retrospective at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks.
I decided that instead of paining people I knew, I would paint people I grew up admiring.
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