“I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer. I don’t paint anymore, I gave it up about a year ago and just do movies now. Painting was just a phase I went through.” – Andy Warhol (I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, 1962-1987)
Throughout his career, Andy Warhol explored art in different mediums and developed trends with his own personal style in hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. These trends were the forefront of his time and remains relevant in pop culture today.
France-based Centre Pompidou-Metz hosts their latest exhibition, Warhol Underground, to highlight Warhol’s influence on music. Set to open July 1, the event celebrates the 50th anniversary of when Warhol met the American rock band, The Velvet Underground, in 1965.
With walls covered in aluminum foil, the exhibition space transforms into the legendary Silver Factory to explore the studio’s concept, underground music scene and Warhol Superstars. On display are more than 150 photographs by Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, Steve Schapiro or Stephen Shore, and films as well as Warhol’s most notable works including Brillo Soap Pads Box, Campbell’s Soup Cans and Electric Chair. To convey the artist’s work, a visual and auditory tone is available for archives and vinyl record sleeves.
In the mid-’60s, The Factory became a hub where life, work, art and parties merged into one spectacular space. Warhol designed the 1967 album cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico, and he managed the group who became the house band at The Factory. Their sound led to the birth of punk rock and alternative sound, and gigs at The Factory turned into an expanded cinema, an artistic blend of performance and nightclub where a filmmaker became a conductor under various creative elements in his baton (sound devices, rock bands, slide projectors, movie projectors and lighting).
Warhol Underground is on view from July 1 through November 23, 2015 on the First Level of the museum in Gallery 1. Partnership includes the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the Tate Liverpool.
1 Parvis De Droits De L’Homme
57020 Metz, France
Phone: +33 3 87 15 39 39
Free for those 26 and under.
Adjustable ticket fare based on the number of exhibition spaces open at the Centre Pompidou-Metz on the day of your visit.
7 € / 10 € / 12 €
$ 5.58 / $ 11.17 / $13.40
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 11am – 6 pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
For more information, visit Centre Pompidou-Metz.