At exactly thirty years after the death of the great American artist, Palazzo Ducale in Genoa dedicating a major retrospective to Andy Warhol (Pittsurgh, August 6, 1928 – New York, February 22, 1987).
Curated by Luca Beatrice and produced and organized by Palazzo Ducale Foundation for Culture of Genoa and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 Ore, the exhibition presents about 170 works including paintings, prints, drawings, polaroids, sculptures, objects from private collections , public and private Italian and foreign museums and foundations.
The thematic path is built around six conductive lines: design, icons, polaroid, portraits, Andy Warhol and Italy, and finally the film and covers the entire span of the artist’s most famous and popular of the last century. With him opens the era of contemporary art, as well as yet we understand it today. If the calendar of pop music there is an ante and post-Beatles, the only cultural and media phenomenon of the sixties can rival Warhol, in the same way that art must speak of a “Before Andy” and of a “After Andy”. Above all, Andy Warhol was able to identify and anticipate the profound changes that contemporary society would cross from the era pop, from when the work of art begins to relate every day with the company of the mass media, of goods and consumption. In the Factory, in New York, not only they produced paintings and serigraphs: it was cinema, rock music, publishing, you crossed new experimental languages in a constant cutting-edge research. Even where television, the new medium par excellence, Warhol manifests an extraordinary curiosity and, probably, had he lived in our times, he would not hesitate to use social networks and communication network.
Showcasing some extraordinary preparatory drawings that anticipate famous paintings like the dollar or Mao; the very famous icons of Marilyn, here present both in the 1967 screen printing is the canvas Four Marilyn, Campbell Soup and Brillo Boxes; portraits of famous faces such as Man Ray, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Miguel Bose and some important Italian characters: Gianni Agnelli, Giorgio Armani and Sandro Chia. An entire section is dedicated to Polaroid, so important and used by Andy Warhol to capture celebrities, friends, stars and starlets and which have more than 90 pieces.
Completing the exhibition is a video in which the curator Luca Beatrice tells the public the life and works of Andy Warhol.