Wednesday, 18.10.2017

Andy Warhol Last Weekend Pop Art Maestro's Exhibition Drawing to a Close

[18/03/13] 

Warhol is a big name. Even your average football hooligan is probably au fait with some of his work, and this weekend is the last chance to see the artist's biggest ever exhibition in Asia. Plus it's nature's antidote to the Sevens. The show is being held in the Hong Kong Museum of Art and comprises over 450 pieces by the pop art maestro. Put it in the calendar today because, however much you like to be spontaneous, culture normally requires some lead time. If you don't prep, you'll probably spend the weekend travelling from SoHo to the SoFa.

The exhibition, "Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal" is so named after Warhol astutely prophesied that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The smug git. Make sure you see Warhol's Time Capsules, in particular Time Capsule 23, which includes some knickknacks he picked up on a trip to Hong Kong in 1982. It's such a shame we haven't invented real time travel yet. Imagine what a plot of land on Robinson Road would've cost in 1982...

Other highlights include: Campbell's Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Jackie (1964), Marilyn Monroe (1967), Mao (1972), The Last Supper (1986) and Self-Portrait (1986). You've probably seen them all before. In fact, in that sense, it's unlike many exhibitions you'll ever go to. Recognising the art displayed in front of you is immensely self-satisfying - a real carrot for getting off the sofa.

Not just a hat rack.


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