The work of Andy Warhol has steadily been making it’s way across Asia in a 300 piece all inclusive exhibit powered by Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. The show had already made stops in Singapore and Hong Kong and is slated to head to Beijing and Tokyo following Shanghai. The exhibit, titled “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” marks the first time a collection of this magnitude has traveled to Asia.
The exhibition is arranged by decade cataloging his work from the 1940s to the 1980s and includes iconic pieces such as “Campbell’s Soup” (1961), “Marilyn Monroe” (1963), and “Self-Portrait” (1986). In addition to his art work, the show also provides a glimpse into Warhol’s personal life with examples of some of his time capsules.
With China’s current art and museum boom, the city is on track to become a culture capital on par with the likes of Paris or New York. But critics argue that Shanghai will never become a true creative center due to government censorship. In that light, Warhol’s famous portraits of Chairman Mao which were scheduled to be part of the exhibit are not being shown in Shanghai.