Opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London tomorrow, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will come on tour to EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Autumn 2019. The exhibition consists of more than 80 artworks exploring how Michael Jackson has inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art.
The show features more than 40 international artists from Andy Warhol to Isaac Julien and Isa Genzken. The exhibition examines the impact and influence of Jackson on artists and the continued interest in him as a major cultural figure.
All the artists included – despite coming from different generations, perspectives, and parts of the world, and employing a range of media – are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented. Almost a decade after his death, Jackson’s influence has not waned: his record sales, now in excess of one billion, continue to grow; his short films are still watched; and his enormous fan base remains loyal. His impact and fame show no signs of diminishing, and the questions raised by him as a social phenomenon are more relevant now than ever.
The featured artists are: Rita Ackerman, Nidjeka Akunyii Crosby, Emma Amos, Lyle Ashton Harris, Dara Birnbaum, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Candice Breitz, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Michael Craig-Martin, Dexter Dalwood, Graham Dolphin, Mark Flood, Isa Genzken, Michael Gittes, Todd Gray, Maggi Hambling, David Hammons, Jonathan Horowitz, Gary Hume, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Johannes Kahrs, KAWS, David LaChapelle, Louise Lawler, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Sam Lipp, Isaac Lythgoe, Paul McCarthy, Rodney McMillian, Dawn Mellor, Dan Mihaltianu, Lorraine O’Grady, Catherine Opie, Yan Pei-Ming, Grayson Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Faith Ringgold, Michael Robinson, Mark Ryden, Susan Smith-Pinelo, Hank Willis Thomas, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley, Jordon Wolfson and Donald Urquhart.
Produced by the National Portrait Gallery, the show is curated by its Director, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan. The works are on drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for Michael Jackson: On the Wall.
The exhibition will open in London in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. After London, the exhibition will go on tour to Grand Palais in Paris and Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and then to EMMA, where it will open in August 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of a hardcover catalogue with essays by Nicholas Cullinan, Margo Jefferson and Zadie Smith.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson Estate.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall 28.6.–21.10.2018, National Portrait Gallery
Press images: https://kuvat.emma.museum/kuvat/Lehdistokuvat-Press/Michael+Jackson/
More information on the pages of National Portrait Gallery, London: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/michael-jackson-on-the-wall/exhibition/
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is based in the Exhibition Centre Weegee in Tapiola district, Espoo. Its collections and exhibitions showcase Finnish and international modernism, contemporary art, and design. EMMA's exhibition spaces – the largest in Finland – are housed in a striking building which is a modernist landmark of industrial architecture designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori. The clean-lined modern architecture enhances the experiential dimension of the displays, which include changing exhibitions and the permanent collections of EMMA, the Saastamoinen Foundation and the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation.
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