The biggest-ever exhibition of artist Andy Warhol’s work is set to conquer Tokyo in the coming months. “15 Minutes eternal,” the title of the exhibit, is a line from Warhol who actually said that, “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
The exhibit will be held at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, central Tokyo, and will showcase around 400 works from Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, which includes paintings, drawings, photographs, silk screens and other items covering his favorite subjects – from Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Mao Zedong to Campbell soup cans. Other works will also be shown such as the silent black and white film, “Empire.” A special display to be shown in Tokyo includes “time capsule” -cardboard boxes about Japan. The time capsule will contain items from Warhol’s visit to Japan in 1974, such as magazines, socks and ukiyo-e prints.
The exhibit is part of an ongoing Asian tour for Warhol’s work since 2012, in honor of it being the 25th year since his death, and Tokyo is the final destination for Asia, which also included the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The final leg of the tour in Tokyo will reproduce Warhol’s New York studio called “The Silver Factory”, which was located on Manhatttan’s East 47th Street from 1964 to 1968. The exhibit will run from February 1 to 6, and the admission fee for adults is 1,500 yen (about US$14).