Portrait of James Rosenquist in front of Star Thief, 1980
© Estate of James Rosenquist/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017
Photo: © Bob Adelman
With the major exhibition on James Rosenquist (1933–2017), for the first time ever the Museum Ludwig will present the works of this important representative of American Pop Art in the context of their cultural, social, and political dimensions. Along with archive materials, some of which have not previously been exhibited, as well as collages designated by the artist as source materials and many of the original advertisements that he used from old issues of Life magazine, the show will reveal a historical cosmos. After all, James Rosenquist’s compositions are to a large extent the result of his marked interest in the social and political events of his time.