I’ve been there yesterday night and I enjoyed it so much that all I can do is to suggest you to go there if you’re here in the Milan area.
The exhibition is curated by the Brant Foundation (Peter Brant was a friend of Warhol, one of the first ever to have bought one of his works, starting in this way one of the most amazingly rich artistic partnerships ever), and I loved to know that Mr Peter Brant in person was here in Milan to define every little detail of his late friend’s exhibition.
The exhibition is pretty rich and shows up an amazing range of pieces that go from Warhol’s early works to one of the very last ones (The Last Supper, also shown here in Milan in 1987 during his last exhibition).
There’s also the “Blue Shot Marilyn” (pictured below), do you know its story? I didn’t. Here it is: Warhol was shot (almost) dead together with the portrait in 1967 by a fanatic feminist, in fact the white-ish blur between Marilyn’s eyebrows is the bulletproof that was restored and since then it is now part of this pop art masterpiece.
And then there are tens and tens of his Polaroids, and it’s interesting to see the men and the women of his photographic interest, but also his many self-portraits and all his iconic masterpieces: the dollar sign, the Mona-Lisa (he called it: thirty are better than one!), the Campbell’s soup (there are the two very first versions of it), the huge flowers, the Brillo’s pieces, the Coca Cola’s pieces. There is really something for everybody!
But if I have to say what I did love most of all I would say his early works because I am always fascinated to compare an artist’s starting point (pictured above there are two) to the major successes he/she achieves, it makes me think of how amazing an artistic journey must be at its highest level.