The Tate Became Famous - or Should It Be Infamous? - for Once Displaying a Pile of Bricks and Calling It Art. Arts Editors Philip Key and Joe Riley Look Back on Some of Their Favourite Exhibitions in Tate Liverpool's 20-Year History Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer Culture
Byline: Joe Riley
Then Tate Liverpool went a step further - by featuring a stack of Brillo soap pad boxes.
However, this time around public reaction was far more positive. For behind Brillo lay the brilliant idea of recreating the first-ever British exhibition to look in-depth at consumer culture.
Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer Culture (December, 2002-March, 2003) involved the creation of full-scale stores, including American and European supermarkets.
The US exhibit, reconstructed for the first time since it was originally shown in New York in 1964, featured work by the great names of pop art, including a stack of Campbell's soup cans signed by Andy Warhol.
There was also a chemist's shop full of neatly stacked pill boxes, created by controversial artist Damien Hirst.
But all was not neon signage and gentle muzak presiding over rows of chrome fruits and wax eggs.
Flemish artist Guillaume Bijl (with the help of Tesco) provided a "real" superstore, with fresh food, drinks, magazines and household products. As the promoters proudly chorused: "This pushes the shopping trolley of history through the checkout scanner of art. …