Thoughts … The Richard Hamilton retrospective at Tate Modern is striking for its diversity. Before I went, I already knew that pop art was supposed to be mass-produced, low-cost, popular and glamorous. The artwork spread across 18 rooms taught me about the other defining characteristics of pop art, as set out by Hamilton – “witty, sexy, gimmicky and easily forgotten”.
My favourite part was the ‘Fun House’ – a structure containing a multi-sensory mix of blown-up images from Hollywood stills, optical illusions, music blasting from a jukebox and an uneven rubbery carpet.
Pop art was supposed to appeal to the masses, and this exhibition certainly will regardless of where the visitor’s interests lie. The retrospective covers it all with science, film, architecture, painting, history, politics and more.
Agnieszka Karch tweets at @5minutelanguage
When … 13 February – 26 May
How much … £14.50 / £12.50 conc.