Well, Pop Art is mostly an US thing. It’s nothing bad, but it means that for the art lovers from other continents it’s way harder to find a Warhol or other Lichtenstein hanging on a local museum’s wall.
But if you live in Europe and you’re a real Pop Art fan, there is one place you should go. It’s Museum Ludwig in Köln which has the most comprehensive Pop Art collection outside of the United States – in addition to be the third-largest Picasso Collection in the world, one of the most important collections of Expressionism, and an internationally significant collection of photography.
All because of two collectors, Peter and Irene Ludwig who in 1976 donated their inimitable collection of American Pop Art to the City of Cologne, with the stipulation that the city build an independent museum for the new collection. In the 1960s they have became enthusiastic about the new movement, which they have spotted at document 4 in Kassel. The Ludwigs were fascinated by the immediacy and freshness of the artists’ approach to reality. Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns were of their own generation.
Here you have, 7 Pop Art masterpieces you can see at Museum Ludwig:
1. Andy Warhol, Two Elvis
2. Roy Lichtenstein, M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture)
3. Jasper Johns, Flag on Orange Field
4. Robert Rauschenberg, Black Market
5. Claes Oldenburg, Soft Washstand