Saturday, April 7, 2012

Andy Warhol : 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibition ArtScience Museum

Till August 2012, visitors of ArtScience Museum can view the most extensive collection of the legendary artist  Andy Warhol's artworks ever exhibited in Singapore. Andy Warhol : 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition covers  Andy Warhol's different artistic phases from the 1940’s to 1980’s, and features over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film and video. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a wide range of associated documents, interactive timelines, photographs, and archival material. This year is the 25th anniversary of the artist's death.

The exibition title is a famous quote from the Andy Warhol himself: “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”.

American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol was born 6 August 1928 as Andrew Warhol. He was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art and was renowned for using mass production of popular culture such as advertising, comic books, and brand products, as the basis of his art. Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal features his masterpieces including Jackie (1964), Marilyn
Monroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Time Capsule 51 (1970’s), The
Last Supper (1986), and numerous iconic Self-Portraits.

“Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal will show visitors the multiple facets of Andy Warhol’s talents. Art can come in many forms. Andy Warhol showed the world how various mediums and technology can transform everyday items like Campbell’s soup cans and photos into pop art icons. He had an amazing ability to simplify art and make it accessible to the mass public" says Mr. Nick Dixon, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

Visitors to the exhibition will journey through four different stages of Andy Warhol’s life, starting from his early artistic years in the 1940’s to his final works in the 1980’s. The exhibition will present an extensive range of important artworks from the various phases of his artistic career.

Andy Warhol : 15 Minutes Eternal

“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s
This gallery will introduce Andy Warhol and the early influences in his art. It will showcase his drawings as a child, his first artworks as a commercial artist and the blotted line technique he created.

“The Factory Years” – 1960s
The 1960’s marked Warhol’s transition from commercial art to business art. It was during this time that he created the iconic masterpieces of the Campbell’s Soup Can and portraits of celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Films by Warhol will also be presented within this gallery, showcasing his diverse talents.
A separate space will be dedicated to recreating the Silver Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s in New York which was entirely covered with foil. To provide an interesting interactive experience, the space will feature costumes for visitors to dress up and be “a star for 15 minutes”, a photo booth to capture the experience, a reproduction of the couch from the Silver Factory from which visitors can enjoy his avant garde films, and the whimsical Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons.

“Exposures” – 1970s
During the 70’s, Warhol’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came to prominence. During this time, Andy Warhol focused on commissioned portraits to fund his interest in experimental film. This shift in focus is evident in the genre of art works on display such as advertisements and silverprint photographs, which reflect Warhol’s fascination with fame and glamour. It is also during this time that he started creating time capsules which contained meaningful items collected from the various periods of his life. Out of the over 600 time capsules Warhol created throughout his lifetime, visitors will be able to view one that contains over 50 magazines and books.

“The Last Supper” – 1980s

Having reached the pinnacle of success in the art world, Warhol ventured into television media with Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which visitors will be able to watch in this exhibition space. The diversity of his last decade of creation includes such works as the Endangered Species series, Rorschach series and Oxidation Paintings. The exhibition concludes with The Last Supper and Self Portrait, two iconic masterpieces he created at the very end of his life that are monumental in both scale and the impact they had in the art industry.

Ticket prices to the exhibition are in the below table:

Ticket Prices For ArtScience Museum Exhibitions
Andy Warhol +
ArtScience exhibition
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition +
ArtScience exhibition
All-access ticket
Category Non Singapore Resident Singapore Resident Non Singapore Resident Singapore Resident Non Singapore Resident Singapore Resident
Adult $15 $13 $24 $23 $28 $24
Senior (65 years old & above) $14 $12 $21 $18 $27 $23
Child (2-12 years old) $9 $8 $14 $13 $16 $14

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