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Roy Lichtenstein in Milan: last days to enjoy this stunning exhibition

“Roy Lichtenstein Multiple Vision” this is the title of the exhibition currently on display at the MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures in the Tortona Design District in Milan. But hurry up! It’s closing on the 8th!

Roy Lichtenstein’s bio

Born in New York in 1923 Roy Fox Lichtenstein was the son of a real estate agent and a housewife. He studied at the New York Franklyn School for boys and after that he went to the Ohio State University where he studied art. His education was then interrupted by the beginning of World War II and he served in the military from 1943 to 1946. When his time in the army was over he continued his studies and obtained his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees.

He got married in 1949 to Isabel Wilson and started teaching at Ohio State University as associate professor but was then “asked to leave” due to his political opinions. Roy Lichtenstein moved to Cleveland where he worked as a window dresser. In 1956 he completed his artwork “Ten Dollar Bill” which is considered the first approach to pop art.

In 1957 he went back to New York where he started teaching and began to incorporate in his artworks characters at that time only included in comics and commercial productions like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny.

In 1962 Roy Lichtenstein took part in two different exhibitions. One at the Sidney Janis Gallery (“New Realism”) and the second at the Leo Castelli gallery. The partnership with the Italian American gallerist and art collector marks the beginning of pop art in the United States.

After an impressive career who took Roy Lichtenstein to the Museum of Modern Art in Cleveland (1966), the Biennale di Venezia (1966, 1968 and 1970) and the Guggenheim in New York (1969) the artist also approached cinema as a form of art producing movies about the underwater world.

One of the fathers of pop art whose artworks are immediately recognizable thanks to theirs unmistakable pictorial style, died in New York of pneumonia in 1987.

Roy Lichtenstein: the exhibition

The exhibition about the life and career of Roy Lichtenstein at the MUDEC includes over 80 works like prints, sculptures and tapestries in a large selection of editions from leading international museums, and private collection as well as videos and photographs.

Roy Lichtenstein. Multiple Visions” is curated by Gianni Mercurio on of the most appreciated curator and writer whose impressive career spans decades in the study of contemporary art and graffiti. His work includes exhibitions on Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Segal.

Useful info

Roy Lichtenstein. Multiple Visions

MUDEC – Museo delle Culture

Via Tortona 56, Milan

From 01.05.2019 to 08.09.2019


02.30 pm – 07.30 pm



09.30 am – 07.30 pm

Thursday and Saturday

09.30 am – 10.30 pm

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