Andy Warhol's Spiritual Side
Screen-printed images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell soup cans are synonymous with the work of Pop Artist Andy Warhol, but an exhibition at the Vatican next year is gearing up to explore his spiritual side…
A devout Catholic himself Warhol often spent evenings working in the homeless shelter at the Church of Heavenly Rest and attended daily Mass, and religious iconography and ideas about mortality were recurrent in his artwork. The exhibition will take place almost four decades after he travelled to Italy and met Pope John Paul II in Rome.
Designed around the artists’s Last Supper series which was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus' last meal with his apostles (fittingly painted on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495) Warhol’s Memento Mori canvases, silkscreens of skulls, and films will also be on show.
For centuries art and religion have had a close and symbiotic relationship, and as Director of the Vatican Museums Barbara Jatta explains: ‘It is very, very important for us to have a dialogue with contemporary art. We live in a world of images and the Church must be part of this conversation.’
The exhibition will be held in 2019, in Rome and Pittsburgh, marking the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Andy Warhol Museum.
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