Pop Art genius Roy Lichtenstein’s 1963 work Whaam! has gone on show at Tate Liverpool to help celebrate the Albert Dock gallery’s 30th birthday.
The work, designed as a pair of canvasses, has recently undergone ground-breaking conservation by Tate experts, which has brought it back to its vibrant original colours.
It’s a new addition to the gallery’s free Roy Lichtenstein in Focus exhibition which opened last autumn and runs until June 17.
Whaam! was acquired by the Tate in 1966, and has been on almost constant display at its UK galleries since then.
Lichtenstein based it on an image from DC comics’ All American Men of War, and painted it using Magna acrylic and oil on canvas.
Tate Liverpool executive director Andrea Nixon says: “Since opening its doors in 1988 the gallery has consistently brought world-class art to the city and it is significant that the Albert Dock gallery will be the first to show the much-loved Lichtenstein painting in its vibrant new state.
“The painting will join the Lichtenstein display in Liverpool which has already attracted more than 70,000 visitors since it opened in September.”
Image credit: Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam! 1963 on display at Tate Liverpool © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek