Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes starts right here

By Lina Chan KobayashiEvents - 16 March 2012 4:58 PM | Updated 5:51 PM

Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes starts right here

Andy Warhol’s exhibition titled “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” is definitely one that you cannot miss if you’re a pop-art or Warhol fan!

“This exhibition outshines other museums except our own Warhol’s museum back in Pittsburg,” says Eric Shiner, Director of the Warhol Museum.

The exhibition in ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands showcases 260 pieces by Andy Warhol, showcasing his works when he was less well-known, to his masterpieces that influence artists until today.

“If you’ve never seen Andy Warhol’s work, this exhibition is perfect,” says Lise Macdonald, project manager of the ArtScience Museum.

‘15 Minutes Eternal’ aims to show Warhol’s timeless art pieces. His artistic approach still lives in various artists until this day, and his works are timeless as it touches on human interests like the celebrity factor, tragedy, death, beauty, fame and decay. Something humans are naturally intrigued and drawn to no matter what decade we’re in.

“You will never see anything as remotely large as this one”, says Shiner, with reference to the exhibition.

True to his words, the exhibition features pictures from when Warhol was younger, to pictures and final works before his untimely death. Using a progressive approach, the exhibition displays Warhol’s art pieces from when he first started out as an artist.

Expect to see a collection of art pieces by three artists from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, exclusive to the Singapore venue of the exhibition. The art pieces by the artists from the region highlight the influence of Andy Warhol on Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. It goes to show that Warhol is still ‘current’ today, as he was before. His art still lives in various artists today.

Locals can even identify with some of the key highlights of the show, including the iconic figure, Mickey Mouse, depicted by Warhol as traditional Thai mythical figures. His Campbell Soup series with a can of luncheon meat by the brand Ma Ling is something we are familiar with.

What makes this exhibition unique is that it also caters to the young–hanging the art pieces at a lower level so children can also appreciate his art. Binary language as well as headphones is available for the visually impaired.

Aside from the educational and art appreciation factors of the exhibition, ’15 Minutes Eternal’ is also organised to “celebrate Andy Warhol and his work”, said Steve Lackey, chairman of Asia-Pacific, BNY Mellon, one of the partners that made this exhibition possible.

Nick Dixon, director of the ArtScience Museum added that there will be workshops for people to experience first-hand some of Warhol’s techniques to his art.

Warhol Museum’s Shiner also added that guests will tour through the galleries with this in mind “Wow, I had no idea that Warhol was good in this!”

Need we add more reasons for you to go for the exhibition?

Catch Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal at the ArtScience Museum from March 17-August 12.