To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death an exhibition titled, ‘Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal’ brings the largest ever collection of Andy Warhol’s work to Asia. The exhibition which opened on Sunday at Shanghai’s contemporary art museum features over 300 paintings, photographs, screen prints, drawings, 3-D installations and sculptures including iconic works such as Jackie, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup, Silver Liz, The Last Supper, and Self-Portraits.
Often controversial, Warhol remains a complex and often misunderstood character whose art depicting objects such as Campbell’s soup cans and celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Mao Tse-Tung, (work omitted from the China leg of the exhibition) has been imprinted into the public’s collective consciousness for decades.
Through this collection of art works from The Andy Warhol Museum, the life, work and creative genius of Warhol are illuminated as never before. This remarkable exhibition celebrates an artist whose life and work define the concept that, fame is fleeting, art is eternal.
Andy Warhol, born 6 August 1928 was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement which crashed onto the art scene in the early 1960s.
He began his career as a commercial illustrator but was fascinated by the relationships between fame, celebrity, art, fashion, advertising and our consumer society which he explored repeatedly in his work. At the height of his fame in the 1960s and 70s Warhol himself had become a celebrity and suggested in an often quoted remark that “In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.