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It’s beautiful

Robert Koepke Haus
Schieder-Schwalenberg, GER
23.4 - 18.6.2023

It’s beautiful
Heiner Meyer in dialogue with masters of Pop Art

23.4 – 18.6.2023
Robert Koepke Haus, Schieder-Schwalenberg, GER

On the occasion of the 70th birthday of the Bielefeld artist Heiner Meyer, this exhibition sets his works in dialogue with masters of Pop Art such as Roy Lichtenstein, Ford Beckmann, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Allen Jones and others. The exhibition opens on 23 April at 5 p.m. with a discussion between the artist Heiner Meyer, the collector Prof. Detlef Mache (Stiftung Bildung & Kul-tur, Witten) and the art historian Dr. Mayarí Granados.

Since the 1950s, artists such as Andy Warhol began to scrutinise mass consumption, and Roy Lichtenstein elevated comic figures into his works of art. Pop Art established itself as one of the most popular art movements of the 20th century with its visualisation and critique of consumer society. Pop Art is still relevant in 2023. The Bielefeld artist Heiner Meyer has been faithful to Pop Art for years – he likes to call himself a Pop Art artist 2.0. At first glance, his works are kept entirely in the tradition of the famous Pop Artists – and quote many of them – but Heiner Meyer adds a further, narrative, often ironic level of meaning to them all. Heiner Meyer takes a close look at the consumer world and the self-image of the jet-set community – and criticises this world with a wink.

Fig: Heiner Meyer, Ice Cream, oil on canvas, 120x100cm, 2010. © VG Bild Kunst Bonn, 2023