Andy Warhol. 3 x Mao
- Date of event : 20.08.2010
[28 May – 30 August 2010]
This unique exhibition presents serigraphs by Andy Warhol. The graphic works on display depict the Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung in different colour variations. They are part of the famous series of stylised portraits of world celebrities; film stars, artists, politicians (pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Elisabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Onassis, an artist Joseph Beuys and well-known political leaders such as: Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung). The portraits were created in 1972, at the time when the reputation of Andy Warhol was becoming established. The connections and cooperation with young and talented artists at that time not only brought Andy Warhol fame, financial benefits, but also a wave of accusations about using those young gifted artists to build up his own career. The exhibition has been organised thanks to the Van Abbemuseum, from which Warhol’s serigraphs are on loan.
In August 2009 the Van Abbemuseum located in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, asked the Silesian Museum in Katowice to loan a painting by Andrzej Wróblewski ‘Grey Geometrical Abstraction’ for the artist’s exhibition organised in Holland. In exchange, Van Abbenmuseum offered to loan works from its own collection. Among their works three serigraphs by Andy Warhol were selected