Tickets released for Warhol exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

30.08.2013

‘Tickets’ have been released today (10.00am Friday 30 August) for the new Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics exhibition which will run at the Scottish Parliament from Saturday 5 October to Sunday 3 November 2013.

The exhibition contains significant pieces of Andy Warhol’s work including iconic portraits such as Lenin, Mao, Queen Elizabeth II and Andrew Carnegie.  The free e-tickets are available from 10.00am on Friday 30 August between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm daily for the run of the exhibition (late nights on Thursdays to 8.00pm).   Booking is recommended as tickets will be administered by a specific start time to the viewing, details at the end of this release.

The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:

“This is the first politically curated exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work and the first time his works have ever been shown in a legislature and so represents a real coup for the Scottish Parliament. 

“The Scottish Parliament is not just a place for politicians.  Our building is home to many events and exhibitions that get people talking and thinking about issues that matter to them.

“This unique exhibition will offer people the chance to explore the role of power and politics within the home of debate in Scotland and I am grateful to the Carnegie UK Trust and The Andy Warhol Museum for making it possible.”

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Scottish Parliament, Carnegie UK Trust and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.  The exhibition has been timed to coincide with Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival, which celebrates the centenary of the formation of the Carnegie UK Trust with a series of activities.

Angus Hogg, Chair, Carnegie UK Trust, said: “What many don’t realise is that Andy Warhol received his first formal training in art through free classes offered by the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.

“His artwork is now celebrated across the globe and so it is very special that we are able to honour such a great artist as part of the Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy festival, which will include the celebration of opportunity and culture, with this exhibition.”

Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA said: 

“The Warhol is thrilled to share many truly exceptional works from our collection with Scotland and Carnegie UK Trust.  The items we've selected represent the full scope of Andy Warhol's life and art.  This exhibition features Warhol paintings, sculptures, prints and archival documents from our permanent collection and allows visitors to the stunning Parliament building to have the opportunity to see many top rate original Warhols.  In addition, we're pleased to once again unite Pittsburgh and Scotland through the very rare display of Warhol's Andrew Carnegie portrait."

Ticket information

The free e-tickets are available from 10.00am on Friday 30 August between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm daily for the run of the exhibition (late nights on Thursdays to 8.00pm).  

Booking is recommended as tickets will be administered by a specific start time to the viewing (unrestricted end time) and can be done via:

Background information

Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics is being exhibited in the Scottish Parliament in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and as a result of generous support from the Carnegie UK Trust as part of Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy week.  Many of the artworks are being exhibited in Scotland for the first time and the Scottish Parliament is the first legislative body to ever exhibit his work.

Warhol rejected the notion that his art was a critique of society and described himself as an artist who simply depicted the environment of his time.  Featuring mainly works from The Andy Warhol Museum’s collections, the exhibition highlights the artist’s portraits of iconic politicians and other powerful figures, and a number of artworks made to support political and environmental causes.  The artist’s portfolio made five years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, conveys the artist’s interest in mass media and its portrayal of death. 

A number of works made by Warhol for political and environmental campaigns are being loaned from Artist Rooms, jointly owned and managed by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.
The exhibition is part of a wider programme of events and exhibitions taking place in the Parliament to celebrate the international legacy of Scots-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  The philanthropist made his money in Pittsburgh and The Andy Warhol Museum is just one example of his philanthropic legacy.