Cow Wallpaper [Pink on Yellow], 1966, Reprint 1994 Screen print on wallpaper
© The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh IA1994.7/Licensed by Bildrecht Wien, 2020

Andy Warhol to the power of two

Andy Warhol combined many contradictions. On the one hand, a brilliant, extravagant artist; on the other, a hidden, reclusive personality. It is precisely these two sides of his persona that are now the focus of "Andy Warhol exhibits". The exhibition goes behind the public image to show rarely seen aspects of his work.

His early motifs and abstractions of the early 1950s regularly depict drawings and prints of the male body, as well as drag and homoerotic symbols. On view are works from his first exhibition "Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote" (1952), as well as marbled paper sculptures (1954) that have never been presented before. These works illustrate Warhol's early interest in iconographic, clearly defined series and his engagement with the topic of gender performance.

Warhol sees his works in context with the presentation. For him, it’s not just about his art but also about the dramatic composition that surrounds it. He was increasingly preoccupied with the perfect way in which to stage his series of works. The exhibition focuses here on his exhibition practice, from the 1960s through into the 1980s.

Warhol and the repository

The second exhibition, "Defrosting the Icebox" , came about in cooperation with the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Weltmuseum Wien. A look back: In 1969, Warhol curated a touring exhibition entitled "Raid The Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol", which consisted of objects and works of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibition did not show his own works but nevertheless pioneered the presentation strategy, which broke with traditional museum standards: Instead of prioritizing the visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphics, photography or drawing), Warhol exhibited the applied arts (art that deals with everyday objects). Instead of arranging the exhibition by chronology, medium or style, he presented the objects in an ahistorical and non-hierarchical form.

The repository became the exhibition, the almost forgotten was brought into focus. This principle is now also followed by "Defrosting the Icebox", which shows extraordinary exhibits from the repositories of the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities and the Weltmuseum Wien entirely in accordance with Warhol's model.

For everyone who can't get enough of Andy Warhol: "Misfitting together" shows the serial formations of Pop Art, as well as Minimal and Conceptual Art. Another Warhol highlight, which is on at the mumok until January 2021.


A glittering alternative

September 26, 2020 - January 31, 2021


The hidden collections of the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Weltmuseum Wien as guests of the mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna

September 26, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Note: Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.

mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna in the MuseumsQuartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 19:00
    • We, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 140 cm low
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main and side entrance as well as restaurant/café: accessible via elevator.

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