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"Andy Warhol: A Retrospective"
2001-09-11 until 2001-10-23
Art Pavilion in Zagreb
HR Croatia (Hrvatska)
The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership
with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA has organized an exhibition of the
artist's works for a 12-country tour of eastern and southern Europe during 2000 and
2001. This is the first time that artworks by a contemporary U.S. artist will be shown in
several of these countries. The exhibition is one of a number of special Millennium
programs sponsored by the Department.
Andy Warhol: A Retrospective, which opened on January 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has
received the support of the President's Committee for the Arts and the Humanities and
is designated as an official program of the White House Millennium Council. . The 55
artworks are representative of Warhol's work over a 40-year career and include some
of his more memorable images -- Marilyn Monroe, Campbell Soup Cans, Mao
Tse-Tung -- as well as other artworks that uniquely captured the tenor of his times.
According to Thomas Sokolowski, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the world has
always recognized Andy Warhol as the quintessential American artist, bar none. The
Andy Warhol Museum is extremely proud to add this Eastern European tour on behalf
of the United States government to its long list of international touring shows. As
Warhol said himself, he was, indeed, the mirror of his time. We are proud to present
this great American genius to the people who previously may only have had access to
his art through reproduction.
The exhibition will be presented at museums under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy
of each country. The venues include the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the
Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia; as well as national museums in Almaty,
Kazakhstan; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Riga, Latvia. It will also be shown at art
museums and contemporary art centers in Vilnius, Lithuania; Kiev, Ukraine; Budapest,
Hungary; Thessaloniki, Greece; Tallin, Estonia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Istanbul, Turkey;
and Zagreb, Croatia.
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh on August 6, 1928, and died in New York on
February 22, 1987. Through his paintings, objects, underground films and personal
life, he represents pop art more than any other in the public imagination.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding
between the United States and other countries through international educational and
training programs. The bureau does this by promoting personal, professional and
institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and
abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its
diversity to overseas audiences. The ECA Cultural Staff responds to requests from
U.S. Embassies overseas for a variety of projects and selects arts professionals to
fulfill various arts projects that will benefit the long-term objectives of U.S. foreign