Cult of the Artist: Celebrities. Andy Warhol and the Stars
Sammlung Marx and Works on Loan
3 October 2008 - 11 January 2009
Based on a few exemplary key works from the Sammlung Marx, the exhibition demonstrates the extent to which Warhol's art owes its timeless effect to a singular blend of construction and deconstruction: Warhol inflates the image of the star, displaying single motifs as well as repetitions of the unvarying image. The result being that he creates pictures which attest to having cult status and which at once exude the aura of the unique and the serially produced in equal measure. For, as well as elevating certain pop icons, Warhol also multiplies their impact on the viewer in the manner of a popular consumer brand, even going as far as to include himself in the process: Andy Warhol the brand is itself an essential component of this image-making machinery. Through his popular images of the stars, the artist himself has long since become an adored star, the epitome of a self-made, yet at once glamorous image culture with broad mass appeal.