Fancy a cultural visit to Holyrood? This autumn, forty of Andy Warhol’s paintings and prints will be exhibited at Holyrood, Scotland’s centre of Government. The iconic works of art, will be included as part of a free exhibition starting 4 October and running until 3 November. This is the first time many of the works have been displayed in the UK, with the majority of images coming from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Highlights include “Flash-November 22, 1963” a series of screen prints about the assassination of US president John F Kennedy, Portraits of Mao and the Queen as well as Nixon, Carter and the Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who made his fortune in the US. Carnegie funded the art college that spawned Warhol and this tenuous connection must mean some sort of cultural payback. Eric Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum, said: “There has not been a Warhol show like this before, and we are very excited about that, a show inside a building of government like this. “It is a perfect fit on a number of levels, and I am sure Andy would be very happy to see this happen. He was very interested in politics, in looking at politicians and people in positions of power.” Speaking from Pittsburgh, the Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said: “It gives me great pleasure to sign this agreement which will bring over 40 of Warhol’s iconic pieces to the Scottish Parliament.” The event was made possible by an agreement made in the US by Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, the museum and the Carnegie Trust.