The 1960s saw a media revolution in prints. For the first time prints were made with themes essentially taken from photographs. In being transferred to prints, the photos were altered and re-interpreted, but the observer can always recognize that the theme comes from a photograph.
The exhibition presents around 80 such samples, including such famous works as the series Electric Chairs and Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol from the years 1964 and 1971, making this the first time a comprehensive selection of photo-based prints dating from the 1960s and 1970s from the Museum Folkwang Prints Collection has been put on display.
Works by Roy Lichtenstein include the rarely shown series Ten Landscapes. Prints by Gerhard Richter from the period 1968 to 1972 are likewise on display. In dialogue with works by Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Mel Ramos or Wolf Vostell, the exhibition offers a representative overview of the photo-based prints of this era that are richly facetted in both style and content.