Holyrood to be first Parliament ever to host Andy Warhol exhibition


Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics

In a first for any Parliament, the Scottish Parliament is set to host an exhibition of more than forty Andy Warhol works of art exploring the themes of power and politics.

Including Andy Warhol’s Flash-November 22, 1963 screen prints about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and his portrait of Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the exhibition has been carefully selected for display at the Parliament and many of the works are being shown in Scotland for the first time.

The announcement of this unique exhibition follows an agreement signed today by the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP and the Chair of the Carnegie UK Trust, Angus Hogg with Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The meeting took place during the Presiding Officer’s Scotland Week programme and follows on last year’s Scotland Week announcement that the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy would return to Holyrood in 2013.

Speaking from Pittsburgh, the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:

“It gives me great pleasure to sign this agreement which will bring over 40 of Warhol’s iconic pieces to the Scottish Parliament, particularly knowing that we will be the first Parliament ever to have the privilege to do so. It is a unique opportunity to view Warhol’s works as they explore the role of power and politics in modern life, within the home of debate in Scotland, our Parliament.

“As a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Andy Warhol benefited personally from Andrew Carnegie’s legacy. It is therefore fitting that this exhibition will form part of a series of activities to mark Andrew Carnegie’s international legacy at Holyrood. As well as learning more about the work of Warhol, visitors can learn about the life of Andrew Carnegie and how his philanthropy has inspired generations on both sides of the Atlantic. I hope as many people as possible will visit Holyrood to enjoy the exhibition, both those from Scotland and from further afield.”

The exhibition will be held at Holyrood from Friday 4 October – Sunday 3 November, to coincide with the ‘Andrew Carnegie International Legacy: Shaping the Future’ activities taking place at the Scottish Parliament.

Chairman of Carnegie UK Trust, Angus Hogg said:

“Andrew Carnegie envisioned a world of peace, wellbeing and opportunity and Carnegie foundations around the globe have invested more than 100 years and billions of pounds and dollars in the physical, social, cultural and intellectual infrastructure of society. We have a long history of promoting access to arts and culture.

“The focus of our festival of events will be on the emerging challenges of the 21st Century and the role of philanthropy in modern society. The Carnegie institutions of today address the real issues facing the communities where they operate and our international festival will celebrate philanthropic efforts across the globe.”

Eric Shiner, Director at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, said:

“The items we are sharing with the Carnegie UK Trust have been hand-picked to represent the full gamut of Warhol’s life and work. Some are very recognisable while others will give the British public an opportunity to learn more about Warhol’s approach to art and life. We are delighted to be sharing some of our permanent collection – it may be the only opportunity some people in the UK will have to see an original Warhol.”


The Warhol exhibition opens the programme of activities for the ‘Andrew Carnegie International Legacy: Shaping the Future’ is a 16-week celebration of the huge impact made by the Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the global network of charitable organisations he endowed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In partnership with the Scottish Parliament, the Carnegie Trusts of the UK are working together on a programme of events, exhibitions, seminars and activities taking place at Holyrood from October 2013 to January 2014. These activities will showcase the intellectual and social impact of work made possible by Carnegie’s endowments and provide an opportunity to discuss the emerging challenges of the 21st Century and the role of philanthropy.

This includes (in date order):

  • In partnership with the Carnegie UK Trust the Scottish Parliament will showcase a special Warhol exhibition – Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics (runs 4 October – 3 November)
  • In partnership with the Carnegie Trusts of the UK and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Scottish Parliament will exhibit a ‘Legacy’ exhibition – ‘Andrew Carnegie: The legacy that changed the world’ (runs 15 October 2013 – 25 January 2014). It will explore the legacy of Carnegie’s philanthropy in the fields of education. Peace, politics, science and culture.
  • In partnership with the Carnegie Trusts of the UK and the wider global Carnegie institutions, the Scottish Parliament will host a series of seminars and debates on a variety of international issues involving Carnegie institutions from around the world and some of the world’s leading experts and thinkers in their field.
  • The Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy (17 October) - As announced during Scotland Week 2012, the ceremony will be held at Holyrood this year. The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was established in 2001 to mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s formal philanthropy. Medallists are nominated by all the Carnegie organisations throughout the United States and Europe, and selected by a Committee comprised of representatives of six of those institutions. The Medal is awarded every two years to recognise individuals and families with exceptional and sustained records of philanthropic giving. The Selection committee for the 7th Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is composed of four permanent members—Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland—and two rotating members who join the committee each award cycle. This year’s selection committee includes the Carnegie UK Trust and the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
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