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Roy Lichtenstein
Barcelona Head
Barcelona Head
1987
The American artist Roy Lichtenstein designed the sculpture Barcelona Head in 1991, having been commissioned by the City Council on the occasion of the Olympic Games of 1992. The 14-metre-high work was installed in the Passeig de Colom, at one end of Port Vell. This was realised by the sculptor Diego Delgado and Lichtenstein’s maquette is part of the MACBA Collection. The bright colours – white, red, blue, yellow and black – and brushstrokes that evoke the visual language of comics are characteristic of the style of the artist. Against a background of red dots in relief, we glimpse a face or head with pouting lips and huge eyelashes. The form of the sculpture seems to have emerged out of the free and colourful brushstrokes.---From the eighties, Lichtenstein translated his brushstroke into three dimensions using maquettes and sculptures of medium or monumental scale. In this sense, Barcelona Head is part of a series of works that the artist called ‘brushstrokes’. Lichtenstein saw these sculptures, composed of voluminous brushstrokes, as ‘a three-dimensional tribute to painting’. Situated within mainstream Pop art and influenced by the aesthetics of the comic world, the work is a tribute to the city and its most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. In fact, the artist covered parts of the work with mosaic in a clear reference to the universe of Gaudí.
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original title
Barcelona Head
year of acquisition
1997
type of object
Object
dimensions
108 x 54 x 32 cm
Copyright
© Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.0813
date
1987
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
Polychromed wood
credits
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
original title
Barcelona Head
registration number
R.0813
date
1987
year of acquisition
1997
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
type of object
Object
media
Polychromed wood
dimensions
108 x 54 x 32 cm
credits
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
Copyright
© Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, VEGAP, Barcelona
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