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Giosetta Fioroni, Particolare della nascita di Venere, 1965, olio su tela, cm 100 x 200. Collezione Intesa Sanpaolo

'60 Pop Art Italia


In Pistoia an artistic journey through seventy works

Pistoia Musei invites you to the exhibition '60 Pop Art Italia, a retrospective of Italian Pop Art, from March 16 to July 14, at Palazzo Buontalenti in Pistoia

Pop Art is a typically metropolitan phenomenon: it originated in London in 1956 and developed simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome, and then spread throughout the world. 
In Italy, Pop Art emerged in the early 1960s, first in Rome, and later in Turin and Milan, thanks to artists who had an eye on the international scene. But in a polycentric nation like Italy, other cities had the wherewithal to produce and spread the languages of Pop Art. 

In Pistoia, a group of four artists known as the “School of Pistoia” was working along the same lines as other artists in the rest of Italy, first and foremost the members of the so-called Scuola di Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Venice also made a decisive contribution when it hosted an edition of the Biennale in 1964 that consecrated American art and artists like Robert Rauschenberg. 

The exhibition takes the form of a journey through Italy, beginning with the historic Venice Biennale of 1964, the sixtieth anniversary of which falls this year. It uses seventy works to reconstruct a geography of places, artists and events, clearly demonstrating the extraordinary vitality and creative richness of what was one of the most buoyant periods in Italian art in the second half of the 20th century. 

For the duration of the exhibition, guided tours, events and workshops (see the flyer attached).


  • March 16 - July 14, 2024
  • Special openings: Easter, Easter Monday, April 25, May 1, June 2
  • Opening hours: from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 7pm
  • A Super Pop special pass is available, to access the exhibition and the other venues of Pistoia Musei: Museum of the Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi, the Palazzo de’ Rossi | 20th-century Collections and Museum of San Salvatore
  • Pistoia Musei, Visit Pistoia