Through the lens of Dennis Hopper


Over a hundred photographs by the famous actor narrate, from his own experience, the boiling counterculture of the sixties.

Dennis Hopper is best remembered as an actor, and film director. But he also devoted himself to writing, music, painting and fortunately, as evidenced by this exhibition, to photography. This "middle-class farmer boy", in his own words, born in Dodge City (Kansas) was convinced that all facets of human creativity were "parts of being artistic" and this rejection of limits, whatever they were, marked his professional and vital trajectory.

He was 20 years old when he triumphed in Hollywood with East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956), where he met James Dean, who advised him to use photography as a practice to frame with the film camera: “Surely one day you will want to direct films”, he told him. Between shootings, Hopper would photograph everything he saw: from the set to the parties and, eventually, the Martin Luther King rallies, the anti-racist marches and, in general, life in the cities, without forgetting the road routes that he would elevate to the category of modern myth with the film Easy Rider (1969), which he directed and starred in, symbolizing the spirit of the North American counterculture and its defiance of established norms.

He took the majority of photographs between Los Angeles, London, and New York, where he met Andy Warhol and participated in artistic events at The Factory. The images he took provide some of the keys to understanding the development of visual arts in North America in the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibition shows 141 photographs of Hopper and some paintings and sculptures made by him, along with a selection of creations by artists close to pop, whom Hopper collected: Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Tom Wesselmann, in a course, also made up of excerpts from films, records, and magazines, to offer context to the exhibited works and recreate the effervescent cultural atmosphere of the time.