September 25, 2015

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Andy Warhol, the undisputed high priest of Pop art, the exhibition “Warhol Underground” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz  might just change your mind.

France-based Centre Pompidou-Metz hosts its latest exhibition, Warhol Underground, to highlight Warhol’s influence on music. Opened on July 1, the event celebrates the 50th anniversary of when Warhol met the American rock band, The Velvet Underground, in 1965.

It is indeed 50 years since fellow filmmaker Barbara Rubin introduced Warhol to The Velvet Underground, whom Warhol went on to manage and nominally produce. The museum has been transformed into a replica of Warhol’s Silver Factory, with the aluminum foil-covered walls inspired by Billy Name’s apartment and which acted as a literal and metaphorical mirror. The show includes many of Warhol’s most famous pictorial works, along with more than 150 photographs from the likes of Name, Nat Finkelstein and Steve Schapiro, archive material, and vinyl record sleeves. 

Other highlights of the exhibition include a reconstruction of Warhol’s multi-media live performance experiment, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI), as well as a presentation of Merce Cunningham’s dance piece Rainforest (1968) where dancers perform among Warhol’s Silver Clouds.

“Warhol Underground” is at the Centre Pompidou-Metz until November 23, 2015. The exhibition is curated by Emma Lavigne, Director of Centre Pompidou-Metz, and is presented in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the Tate Liverpool.

For more information visit the Centre Pompidou-Metz website here


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