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Marilyn Monroe meets angels at Warhol show

Andy Warhol, the "Pope of Pop", is making a pilgrimage to Asia on the 25th anniversary of his death, with...

Eyewitness News report

Andy Warhol, the "Pope of Pop", is making a pilgrimage to Asia on the 25th anniversary of his death, with one of the largest collections of his art set to tour five cities in the region over the next two years.

"Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal", which opens in Singapore on 17 March, features over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film and video divided into four different creative periods.

Besides his famous Campbell's Soup Can and Marilyn Monroe, the exhibit, slated to venture to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo, also features lesser known works from Warhol's early artistic years in the 1940s and 1950s.

"Andy's art can be boiled down to celebrity and tragedy. I think that's what he saw in the newspapers -- it was either glitz and glamour or death and tragedy," Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol's birthplace of Pittsburgh, told Reuters.

"Ultimately there are things that are really great and things that are really bad, and that's what he plugs into because everybody can relate to that," he said. "I think that's what makes his art eternal."

Among the early works, which Shiner said were characterised by "magic and whimsy," are "Folding Screen" from the 1950s, depicting what seem like two angels facing each other with colourful wings in bright shades of red, blue, green and yellow.

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