From 28 May to 29 August 2021 Palazzo Strozzi will be presenting American Art 1961-2001, a major exhibition that for the first time ever chronicles modern art in the United States between two decisive historical moments, the start of the Vietnam War and the attack of 11 September 2001, through an extraordinary selection of works by famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Louise Nevelson, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Bruce Nauman, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney and Kara Walker.

Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis (Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center) and Arturo Galansino (General Director, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi), the exhibition celebrates great American art over a 40-year period from the 1960s to the 2000s through more than 80 works by 55 American artists including painting, photography, video, sculpture and installations on loan from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, one of the world’s leading museums of contemporary art.

Conceived for Palazzo Strozzi as a unique venue, the exhibition recounts the rich and multifaceted production of American art, investigating its relationship with the transformations of contemporary society and helping to define the rich and complex American identity in the second half of the 20th century. The different generations of American artists experiment with languages that open up a redefinition of the boundaries of art, bringing together different techniques and media, and also use the power of art as a tool to address issues such as consumerism and mass production, feminism and gender identity, racial issues and the struggle for civil rights.