Almost two decades on from The Hayward's retrospective in 1989, this show focuses on Warhol's films, screen tests, videos and television programmes shown with paintings and prints of some of his most famous icons as well as installations.
The show comes to London after attracting record-breaking crowds at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and has recently opened at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
Using the moving image as its starting point to explore Warhol's world, the exhibition includes some of Warhol's most famous films Sleep (1963), Empire (1964), Poor Little Rich Girl (1965), and Chelsea Girls (1966), as well as rarely seen screen tests of artists and musicians such as Marcel Duchamp, John Cale and Salvador Dali. Revealing the inner workings of The Factory, the exhibition will screen Warhol's video diaries, and all 42 episodes from his 1980s cable TV serials, 'Fashion'; 'Andy Warhol's TV'; and 'Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes'; in which he appeared alongside friends such as Debbie Harry and Jerry Hall.
Paintings and prints of famous icons including Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup tins, will be shown alongside Polaroid photos of his celebrity friends, delicate drawings and wallpaper patterns. This varied presentation reflects Warhol's egalitarian maxim, 'all is pretty'; with no one medium given more prominence over another. Adding to our insights into Warhol's art and character, the exhibition includes one complete time capsule of the many the artist compiled. The exhibition pulls into focus Warhol's core concerns; voyeurism, celebrity, the mundane, and the blurring of distinctions between high and low culture.