The Centre Pompidou in Metz is to host an exhibition dedicated to the works of the well-known artist Andy Warhol, entitled “Warhol Underground”, from 1 July until 23 November 2015. The exhibition also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s meeting with The Velvet Underground in 1965, before he became their producer.
The exhibition will present the artist’s greatest works of Pop art through his connections with the New York underground scene, exploring the influence of the music scene and avant-garde choreography on Warhol’s work. Throughout the exhibition, music will guide visitors towards a rediscovery of the artist’s work, through more than 150 photographs by Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, Steve Schapiro, and Stephen Shore, films, and some of Warhol’s most emblematic works, such as Ten Lizes, Brillo Soap Pads Box, Campbell’s Soup Cans, White Disaster and Big Electric Chair. In addition, archives and vinyl record sleeves—considered by Andy Warhol as genuine art works—will convey a visual and auditory tone to Andy Warhol’s work.
“I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer,” said Warhol, even though the work of the Pop art master is often reduced to its pictorial dimension. “I don’t paint any more, I gave it up about a year ago and just do movies now. Painting was just a phase I went through.” Many of the artist’s declarations show how his deeply moving work went beyond painting, as Warhol himself believed.