Scottish Parliament to host Andy Warhol exhibition, including many works on display for the first time
Pop, Power and Politics features portraits of Lenin, Mao, the Queen and Warhol benefactor Andrew Carnegie
Among the Scottish Parliament building’s functions is its regular staging of high-profile exhibitions. Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics is the latest project to be shown and it promises to be a genuinely big deal on Edinburgh’s gallery programme. Not only will many of the works on display be coming to Scotland for the first time, but the month-long residency also marks the not-inconsiderable landmark of Warhol’s art being shown in a parliament building for the first time anywhere in the world.
The exhibition has been curated by the Scottish Parliament’s exhibitions manager Fiona Andreas in collaboration with the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, from where most of the works come. It’s also been supported by the Carnegie UK Trust, with a rarely-seen portrait of Warhol’s sometime benefactor Andrew Carnegie on display alongside images of Lenin, Mao and the Queen. Meanwhile, Artist Rooms have loaned various items that demonstrate Warhol’s support for political and environmental causes.
‘Warhol was evasive when questioned publicly about his views on politics,’ says the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, who has been instrumental in bringing this exhibition to Scotland. ‘All of the pop artists reacted to the status quo of the American abstract expressionists, whose view was that art should exist outside of mass taste, popular culture and political movements. Yet Warhol, perhaps even more than any other pop artist, chose to depict people and symbols of power.’
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Oct–Sun 3 Nov.