15 Minutes Eternal
Andy Warhol Exhibit at HK Art Museum
In 1968 Andy Warhol uttered the immortal phrase “In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” thus inadvertently coining the widely used pop cultural reference ’15 minutes of fame’.
Cut to 2012 and not only is his prediction yet to be realised, but his quarter of an hour is still going strong a quarter of a century later. This year we honour the 25th anniversary of his death with the ’15 Minutes Eternal’ travelling exhibition, organised by (and on loan from) Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum and set to tour five major Asian cities, bringing the biggest ever collection of his work to the continent.
Hong Kong is the second stop on the Asian tour (following Singapore), and will play host to over 370 pieces by the foremost figure of the C.20th American Pop Art Movement. The exhibition is a near-encyclopedic catalogue of his works from the 1950s to 1980s, and includes all of Warhol’s preferred mediums, from paintings to 3-D installations to his iconic screen prints.
All of Warhol’s best known works, including Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup, Mao and Self-Portrait will be on view, along with a few archival objects and photographs from his famously creative life. After Hong Kong, the exhibit travels to Shanghai, Beijing, and finally to Tokyo in 2014. Only 15 minutes of fame? Try forever!