Andy Warhol – known as the King of Pop Art – was a deeply superficial person. At least that was what he said about himself. Maybe he was just deceiving the world, in order not to answer any questions. And maybe that is why he was one of the most misunderstood artists of the 20th century.

Besides the naive simplicity in his works there was much more about Warhol’s contribution to art: the plain but crucial way he was rethinking and breaking conventions of years of history. On the other hand the way he was playing with his image as he made everyone think that he was as vapid as his work – a product of Warhol’s irony and sarcasm. The bogeyman of the art world, who was nothing but taking the mickey out of it. Originality, preciousness, deepness – the leader of pop art was breaking the rules and shedding a different light on the sobriety of traditional art history. And giving artists a whole new set and playing field. Like this he was working himself up to the iconic status as the King of Pop Art. Thanks to his good sense of self marketing, a true master of publicity.

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© Ugo Mulas Heirs, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

And now being exhibited in Paris: Warhol’s conventions and representations can be seen in the exhibition “Warhol Unlimited” at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, which includes the series like the Electric Chairs (1964–1971), the Jackies (1964), the Flowers (1964–1965) and the Maos (1972–1973). Curated by Sébastien Gökalp and Hervé Vanel the exhibition is working on the core part of the artist’s work: the engagement between time and space as the sum of perception. A wide range of his works, the Self-portraits, the Screen Tests, the Flowers or the Silver Clouds – just to name a few – will be spurring the spectators as a endlessly reinventing process between reception and art codes. And of course: breaching boundaries.

 

WARHOL UNLIMITED
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
2 October until 7 February 2016
Tuesday–Sunday, from 10am to 6pm
Thursday until 10pm