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Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood


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12 Nov 2009 – 26 Apr 2010

Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood is an expansive showcase of an extraordinary man's life's work, his collaborations and personal art collection, and an amazing insight into a formative era of Hollywood. An icon of American counter-culture. The art and film that defined a generation.

When Dennis Hopper's radical road movie Easy Rider  was released in 1969, it signalled a cultural revolution. Revved up to a rockin' soundtrack, it broke new ground in its depiction of drug use on screen. Heralding the birth of 'New Hollywood', the film became a banner for a generation notorious for its anti-establishment and counter-cultural values.

Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood retraces the paradoxes that emerged in an America undergoing cultural, social and political transformation - from pop culture to suburban subculture, from psychedelia to beat poetry, from disillusionment to rebellion.

This expansive exhibition brings together Hopper's own photography and film work as a director and actor with his exceptional private collection of contemporary art, including paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists such as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jenny Holzer.

Original exhibition produced by the Cinémathèque Française in association with Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider Productions. Indemnification for this exhibition is provided by the Victorian Government.


Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood