Andy Warhol is the main actor of the autumn exhibition at Blu / Palazzo d'Arte e Cultura
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Andy Warhol is the main actor of the autumn exhibition at Blu / Palazzo d'Arte e Cultura
Andy Warhol, Self-portrait, 1967 The Sonnabend Collection © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, by SIAE.

PISA.- With 230 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and from many American and European collections. The exhibition traces the creative development of the artist who, so greatly, turned upside down the twentieth-century art.

Following the exhibitions dedicated to Chagall, Miró, Picasso and Kandinsky, the Fondazione Palazzo Blu continues its investigation into the great masters of the twentieth century, which has brought more than 300,000 visitors to the historic residence on the Lungarno River.

Following the exhibitions dedicated to Chagall, Miró, Picasso and Kandinsky, which has brought more than 300,000 visitors in four years to Pisa, BLU | Palazzo d’arte e cultura opens its doors to the art of Andy Warhol, for what promises to be a must-see event in the wealth of exhibitions this autumn.

The exhibition, curated by Walter Guadagnini and Claudia Zevi, features approximately 230 works providing a survey of the author's creative journey which, so greatly, turned upside down the art of the twentieth century. Thanks to the collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, which houses a large part of his legacy and granted the loan of some important unreleased work in Italy, and some of the historic collections, such as those from the galleries Sonnabend, Feldman, and Goodman in New York, European museums such as the MAMAC in Nice, the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Lisbon, the Albertina Museum of Modern Art in Wien, and the MUMOK in Wien.

The project identifies the themes that make Warhol the most emblematic icon of cultural and historical change in the second half of the twentieth century, a period that shifted the epicentre of art from Europe to the United States, with works such as Brillo Box, or Campbell Soup - for the Pop Art revolution - the large canvases dedicated to the Most Wanted Men – emphasizing the nightmare of violence that struck him so dramatically. Then there were the portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Mick Jagger but also of Mao - transforming the image into an eternal universal icon, arriving at research that is inside art and the history of painting, with a results that approach abstraction.

The exhibition also presents some large canvases such as Myths, Dollar, and Skull, but also the very rare portfolios dedicated to Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup. There are some series that make his stylistic evolution visible, starting with photography then moving on to drawing and finally, work on canvas, such as Knives, which became even more well-known in recent years as the cover image of Gomorrah, the book by Roberto Saviano that sold millions of copies.

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