Années pop, années choc, 1960-1975

The Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and the Mémorial de Caen announce Années pop, années choc, 1960-1975 their second exhibition crossing art and history.
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Practical information

  • Dates: from 22 June to 31 December 2023
  • Audiences: all
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Built around artworks of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and collections of the Mémorial de Caen, this exhibition looks at the representation of history’s onward march: that of the Vietnam war and the confrontation between blocs during the Cold War, of the late trials of Nazis in Germany, Franquism in power and the Chinese cultural revolution, but also the more social side of history,  of May 1968, the struggles for equality among sexes and against racial segregation, that of urban transformation, mass consumption and tourism, all pivotal to Western history.

"Ideology and confrontations" section

Besides objects drawn from the Mémorial de Caen’s collection, the exhibition gathers 69 artworks from 26 French and European artists related to Narrative Figuration, a movement which developed in France concurrently to Pop Art in the English-speaking world. These artists used similar references from the movie industry, cartoons or advertising, while being more committed in opposition to the political, economic, and social hegemony of the United States. Whether they condemn American Imperialism, the period’s dictators – in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile notably – or deplore rising nuclear threats in a moment where opposing blocs faced each other, these artists bring a critical eye to their time and the world around them. But they also support social and political movements in Europe in the aftermath of May 1968.

"Consumer society and mass tourism" section

The exhibition unfolds in 10 thematic sections over two floors, which allows visitors to comprehend the upheavals that underlie this fifteen year-period.

10 thematic sections

  • The Vietnam War
  • Imperialism
  • Ideology and confrontations
  • Bringing Nazi criminals to justice
  • Francoism
  • May 68
  • Divided societies
  • Urban transformations
  • Pin-up versus emancipation
  • Consumer society and mass tourism

The artists on show

  • Eduardo Arroyo (Espagne)
  • Peter Klasen (Allemagne)
  • Christian Babou (France)
  • Ivan Messac (France)
  • Werner Berges (Allemagne)
  • Jacques Monory (France)
  • Rafael Canogar (Espagne)
  • Edgard Naccache (France)
  • Don Eddy (États-Unis)
  • Emanuel Proweller (France)
  • Equipo Crónica (Espagne)
  • Bernard Rancillac (France)
  • Equipo Realidad (Espagne)
  • Gérard Schlosser (France)
  • Erró (Islande)
  • Giangiacomo Spadari (Italie)
  • Émilienne Farny (Suisse)
  • Peter Stämpfli (Suisse)
  • Gérard Fromanger (France)
  • Walter Strack (Suisse)
  • Eulàlia Grau (Espagne)
  • Hervé Télémaque (Haïti)
  • Maurice Henry (France)
  • Fernand Teyssier (France)
  • Allen Jones (Grande-Bretagne)
  • Gérard Tisserand (France)


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Exhibition press kit (french)

Exhibition press kit (french)


Press contacts

Mémorial de Caen

Fanny El Haj El Kaïd
+33 (0)6 71 60 50 14 | +33 (0)2 31 06 06 47

Presse nationale

Ingrid Cadoret
+33 (0)6 88 89 17 72

Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

Cabinet Privé de Conseils / Agence de presse
Virginie Bonjour & Alexandre Barker
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