WARHOL AT HAUGAR

07. feb - 30. des 2016
Andy Warhol The Scream (After Munch), 1984 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Andy Warhol
The Scream (After Munch), 1984 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

In 1983-84, pop artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987) produced a series of 15 paintings with images taken directly from Edvard Munch’s best known lithographic prints. Warhol had long regarded Munch as one of his favourite artists alongside Henri Matisse, and had visited Oslo in 1973 to view Munch’s works in the National Museum of Art and at the Munch Museum. The 15 paintings were commissioned by a Norwegian gallery owner in New York and when they were later presented to the public, his manager Fred Hughes announced that Andy Warhol had produced the series as “a homage to the Norwegian artist”.

Andy Warhol Portrett av Kronprinsesse Sonja, 1982 Nasjonalmuseet

Andy Warhol
Portrett av Kronprinsesse Sonja, 1982
Nasjonalmuseet

 

 

 

 

As part of its permanent collection, Haugar is showing 13 works from this series, which in addition to three of the original paintings also includes a number of preparatory works and several examples of his typical and colourful silk-screen prints. The National Museum of Art in Oslo has also loaned Haugar its wonderful portrait of then Crown Princess Sonja from Warhol’s Celebrities series, which she modeled for at The Factory in New York in 1982. All of Warhol’s Norway-related works have thus been gathered and made available to the public in one single location.

Andy Warhol Eva Mudocci (After Munch), 1984 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Andy Warhol
Eva Mudocci (After Munch), 1984
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Haugar’s presentation of such a large collection of Andy Warhol’s tribute to Edvard Munch is possible due to the DNB Savings Bank Foundation (Sparebankstiftelsen DNB), which has generously provided Haugar with a long-term loan of its entire Warhol collection.

Andy Warhol Madonna and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm (After Munch), 1983 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Andy Warhol
Madonna and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm (After Munch), 1983 Sparebankstiftelsen DNB