National Gallery partnership brings iconic Warhol pop art to Wanneroo
Published Thursday, 21st December 2023
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century is coming to Wanneroo Regional Gallery in March 2024, as part of the National Gallery of Australia’s Sharing the National Collection initiative.
The partnership between the galleries will see 53 iconic works by pop artist, Andy Warhol, shared with the Wanneroo Regional Gallery from the national collection.
Wanneroo Mayor Linda Aitken said hosting the renowned artist’s works recognised the Wanneroo Regional Gallery and provided local opportunities for people to experience unprecedented access to international treasures.
“It is an incredible honour to host Andy Warhol’s iconic artworks at the Wanneroo Regional Gallery through our partnership with the National Gallery of Australia and their Sharing the National Collection initiative,” she said.
“Giving people opportunities to experience significant art in their own area can ignite appreciation for art and culture and help foster the development of new creatives, new ideas and future arts professionals.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity and thank the Australian Government and National Gallery of Australia for their support.”
Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said it was fantastic to see pieces from the national collection make their way to the west.
"With Revive – Australia’s new National Cultural Policy – the Government decided that instead of having some of the National Gallery’s best works kept in storage where no one could see them, we’d start sharing them with galleries all around the country.
"I'm really pleased that we’re doing that for the Wanneroo Regional Gallery, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Andy Warhol.
"Sharing the National Collection with the whole nation is so important, and now one of our most valuable collections is on its way to the west.”
Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Nick Mitzevich said the Expression of Interest received from Wanneroo was the very first to be registered under the Sharing the National Collection initiative when the program opened in July.
“This loan partnership represents how truly national this program is and how determined we are to see this collection put to work.
“Andy Warhol’s iconic painting Elvis together with screenprints of Campbell’s soup cans, celebrities, rockstars, electric chairs and flowers will be seen by a whole new generation of audiences on the west coast.
“What a tremendous opportunity this program provides,” he said.
Andy Warhol: Icons opens at the Wanneroo Regional Gallery on 6 March 2024.
These works of art are on long term loan from the National Gallery of Australia with support from the Australian Government as part of Sharing the National Collection.
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