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The theme of the show is a collection of artworks created in the 80’s with the American musician as protagonist motive of inspiration. The most popular, are Andy Warhol’s instantly recognisable silk-screen prints and grainy snapshots. He photographed the singer with his brothers, and Andy Warhol commissioned an artist friend to paint a portrait of Michael Jackson in 1982. But in 1984, it was TIME Magazine who asked Andy Warhol to make a portrait for its cover. It was then that he choose a photo of the singer to make one of his famous serigraphs, which he declines with different coloured backgrounds. In the exhibition there are two of these portraits, some of the best in the whole show. We will rediscover the many facets of Michael, one of them, a graffiti inspired portrait by his friend and street artist, Keith Harring.

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Another artist who was very interested in the singer, is the photographer David La Chapelle. With him, Michael appears as a modern day martyr in a triptych with religious connotations: three large kitsch kits made after his death. This series of huge photos depict the King of Pop in a number of Biblical settings. Another pretentious artwork by Lorraine O'Grady's “The First and Last of the Modernists” shows Michael compared to 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. Among other portraits of Jackson, one of the best is by Chinese painter Yan Pei Ming: "In memory of Michael Jackson, 1958-2009", painted in 2017. It is a huge black and white canvas, painted eight years after his death. It was specially created for the exhibition, as well as the three video creations commissioned by French choreographers.

In the one directed by Jacques Gamblin, dancer Raphaelle Delaunay happily mixes the famous gestures of the artist with classical dance on a music score by Lully. The famous porcelain sculpture “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” by Jeff Koons is notably absent. This most emblematic opener piece was not lent for the show but we can picture it in photos. 48 artists tell us chronologically the story of the transformation of a young boy overdue into a world legend. The traveling exhibition started in London National Portrait Gallery, is now at Grand Palais in Paris and it will travel to Germany and Finland. Curated by Nicholas Cullinan, it brings together the work of 48 artists across numerous media.

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