This is not an exhibition filled with memorabilia or biographical reference. What you get is an artistic and mind- blowing collection of work by leading artists from around the globe, each sharing works depicting how they are /or were inspired by MJ.
On 27th June 2018, almost a decade after his death and on the day his father Joe Jackson died, the world’s media descended on the National Portrait Gallery, press day for Michael Jackson: On the Wall (not knowing what to expect) what awaited was grandeur, more of a show than an exhibition, mirroring the life of an iconic Pop star who was loved by so many and some would say mis-understood just as much. To the background sound of Working Day and Night by Michael Jackson the landmark exhibition was officially open.
Sponsored by Hugo Boss and Sony, it coincides with what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th year. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullman, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, On the Wall explores how MJ inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art, across all media, which includes Kehinde Wiley, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Boakye-Yiadom, David LaChapelle, Todd Gray and Grayson Perry.
MJ is an influential 20th century African-American figure whose iconic status and legacy will continue long after the 21st century. This is the exhibition to beat (it) and it does not matter if you are Black or White.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs until 21 October 2018. Where: Wolfson and Lerner Galleries National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE. Tickets with donation from £17.50 – £22. Tickets without donation from £15.50 – £20 Book here:
To be selective, here are a few of the works on display at this first exhibition that explores the influence of Michael Jackson on contemporary art.
Main feature image: Kehinde Wiley Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), 2010 Oil on canvas 128″ x 112″ was the last commissioned portrait and depicts the King of Pop in the guise of the old masters.