İstanbul’s Pera Museum continues hosting the giants of the world art scene as works by Andy Warhol, the father of Pop Art, and contemporary British painter Stephen Chambers are now on display in two separate exhibitions at the institution.
On display from May 7 to July 20, “Andy Warhol: Pop Art for Everyone” and “Stephen Chambers: Big Country and Other Stories” are the Pera Museum’s two newest exhibitions, which have come after the institution wrapped up its Picasso and contemporary Nordic glass art shows at the end of April.
The Warhol exhibition, which occupies two of the museum’s floors, features a total of 87 pieces on loan from the private collection of Slovakia’s Zoya Museum in Modra and documents the artistic productivity of Warhol, who has remained one of the most influential figures in the global art scene even more than 20 years after his death.
Among the showcased items are the leading pop artist’s 1962 iconic work “Campbell’s Soup Cans,” the “Cowboys and Indians” collection, pieces from his “Flower” series and the portraits of famous personalities, including late Russian politician Vladimir Lenin and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. His “Endangered Species and Vanishing Animals” silk screen prints are also included in the show, which presents some works that have never been exhibited in Turkey.
The show can also be seen as a comment on the endless artistic curiosity of Warhol which resulted in an enormous body of work that extended into “every available medium and, most importantly, contributed to the collapse of boundaries between high and low culture,” says a press release from the museum.
A joint effort between the Pera Museum and London’s Royal Academy of Arts, the second exhibition of the museum, “The Big Country and Other Stories,” presents a total of 78 works by Chambers, who is a member of the academy. Curated by Edith Devaney, the curator of contemporary projects at the academy, the show is a journey into the last 20 years of the painter’s career.
One of the highlights of the Chambers exhibition is the painter’s 2012 multi-part print titled “The Big Country,” inspired by the landscape of the 1958 American Western film of the same name from director William Wyler. The work “explores a myriad of fictional encounters between real and imaginary historical figures,” the press release says. The notions of journey and new lands in the work expand into an illustration of five continents and the departure points from one continent to another. Thus, it takes the viewer into the perils and challenges of migration.
Three side-bar events will accompany these two exhibitions. Devaney will give a speech about Chamber’s show on May 7 at Pera Museum. The museum will also host James Warhola, the nephew of Warhol, who will give a talk about his uncle on May 10 and then read excerpts from one of his own books on May 11.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday. For further information and entrance fees, check out http://www.peramuzesi.org.tr.