Fondazione Prada – William N. Copley

Fondazione Prada, a retrospective of William N. Copley

Fondazione Prada, in collaboration with Menil Collection of Houston, hosts the retrospective “William N. Copley” with more than 150 artworks made by Copley (1948-1995), from private collections and museums (Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Sammlung Goetz, Monaco, Germany, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden).


Surrealist artworks by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Jean Tinguely, originally from the Copley’s personal collection are present in the exhibition.
Copley, was adopted by a rich family of publishers of Los Angeles, Republicans and conservatives, and when he moved to Paris, he was immediately obsessed with eroticism and anarchism.

Dialoguing with surrealism, Copley exorcises and debunks taboos,which aren’t just about sex, but sensitive issues like politics, ideologies and national identity.

A unique exhibition that can convey the provocation, humor and sarcasm of Copley into the viewer’s imagination.

26 October 2016-8 January 2017

Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2, Milan