As a setting for the first European showing of Shadows (1978­-79) in their entirety, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting a remarkable exhibition to Andy Warhol (1928­1987). Comprising over 200 works, Unlimited highlights the serial side of the Warhol oeuvre and his ability to rethink the way art should be exhibited.

The often controversial way Warhol staged his own work is a core part of the concerns driving this exhibition. Here we find a constant engagement with space and time as means of reshaping our modes of perception. Unlimited invites viewers to let themselves be submerged by the sheer quantity of works ranging from the Brillo Boxes (1964) to the Self­portraits (1966–1967, 1981), from the Screen Tests (1964– 1966) to the Cows wallpaper (1966) and from the Flowers groups to the Mao friezes, not to mention experimental film (the famous eight­hour Empire of 1964), the Silver Clouds (1966) and the spectacular environments created for concerts by the Velvet Underground (Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 1966). As lauded as he was criticised, Warhol never lost his ability to destabilise the viewer. And notwithstanding his superficial "King of Pop Art" image, he endlessly reinvented the interrelation between spectator and work.

Constantly breaching the codes he was saddled with, he compelled recognition as a master of excess: in all the many forms he explored, his relationship to the artwork always tended towards the breaching of boundaries.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Rates
Admission Full rate: 12 € Concessions: 9 €

Address
Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

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From Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Late night opening Thursday till 10pm

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Metro : line 9 - Alma-Marceau ou Iéna
RER : line C - Pont de l'Alma