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King of Pop (#135) 1991 - 2018
Acrylic on panel with wood carving, 82” x 74”
Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Image: Mark Ryden, King of Pop (#135), Acrylic on panel with wood carving, 1991-2018, 82" x 74" Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Mark Ryden: Michael Jackson: On the Wall
at The National Portrait Gallery, London

Jun 28 – Oct 1, 2018

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.

Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
+44 (0) 20 7306 0055
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Michael Jackson: On the Wall
The exhibition will travel to the following venues throughout 2018-2019:
National Portrait Gallery, London, England, Jun 28 – Oct 1, 2018    [ more information ]
Paris Grand Palais, Paris, France, Nov 23, 2018 – Feb 14, 2019    [ more information ]
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany, March 22 – July 14, 2019    [ more information ]
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland, August, 2019    [ more information ]