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Friday 28 November 2014

Warhol work to be shown at Holyrood

Andy Warhol's portrait of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is among the works which will go on display at Holyrood
Andy Warhol's portrait of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is among the works which will go on display at Holyrood

A collection of Andy Warhol paintings and prints is to go on display in Scotland for the first time.

More than 40 works of art exploring power and politics will be on show at the free public exhibition at the Scottish Parliament from October 4 to November 3.

The majority of the paintings, sculpture, prints and correspondence is from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, US. Works include Warhol's Flash-November 22, 1963 screen prints about the assassination of US president John F Kennedy.

Also featured is a portrait of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who made his fortune in the US.

The exhibition coincides with activities at Holyrood showcasing Dunfermline-born Carnegie's international legacy.

Eric Shiner, director of the Warhol museum, said the items will show the "full gamut" of the pop artist's life and work.

"Some are very recognisable while others will give the British public an opportunity to learn more about Warhol's approach to art and life," he said. "We are delighted to be sharing some of our permanent collection. It may be the only opportunity some people in the UK will have to see an original Warhol."

It was made possible by an agreement made in the US by Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, the museum and the Carnegie Trust.

Ms Marwick, in Pittsburgh for the annual Scotland Week programme in the US, said: "It is a unique opportunity to view Warhol's works as they explore the role of power and politics in modern life, within the home of debate in Scotland, our Parliament. As a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Andy Warhol benefited personally from Andrew Carnegie's legacy. It is therefore fitting that this exhibition will form part of a series of activities to mark Andrew Carnegie's international legacy at Holyrood.

"As well as learning more about the work of Warhol, visitors can learn about the life of Andrew Carnegie and how his philanthropy has inspired generations on both sides of the Atlantic. I hope as many people as possible will visit Holyrood to enjoy the exhibition, both those from Scotland and from further afield."

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