Pop Art Design Exhibition in Oslo


The Pop Art Design Exhibition takes place at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and explores the connections between art and design in a selection of hundreds of works by both designers and artists.

Pop Art is widely regarded as the most significant artistic movement since 1945.Famous design icons and classics have revolutionized our relationship to everyday objects. The exhibition covers art and design objects from the early 1950s to the early 1970s and features Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, Pontus Hultén, Claes Oldenburg, Verner Panton, Ed Ruscha, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Andy Warhol and others.

Bold objects designed by Raymond Loewy, the colourful furniture and even more colourful lifestyle proposed by Charles and Ray Eames, or the intricate graphic designs of the period, have all penetrated the art world marking it unforgettable.

Vitra Design Museum presented the first-ever comprehensive exhibition on the topic “Pop Art Design” in 2012. The exhibition has since traveled to major cities around the world and paints a new picture of Pop Art – one that finally recognizes the central role played by design.

The exhibition was presented at London’s Barbican in 2013.


About the exhibition in London, Ben Luke in London Evening Standard wrote:

“Amid the vast amounts of material, there’s a profound sense of artists and designers wanting to form new languages and engage with modern technologies, so a group of then-new Tupperware boxes sit close to a sublime plastic lozenge of light by Californian artist Craig Kauffman”.

“Pop Art Design” includes photography, architecture and both graphic and furniture design and explores the decades following the Second World War, providing an insightful and colorful perspective on the arrival of art into the everyday.

The exhibition is on cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

The exhibition lasts until September 6.

Pop Art Design Exhibition in Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg