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Book your ‘tickets’ now for the new Andy Warhol: Pop, Power and Politics exhibition which will run at the Scottish Parliament from 5 October 2013- 3 November 2013.

The exhibition contains significant pieces of Andy Warhol’s work including iconic portraits such as Lenin, Mao, Queen Elizabeth II and Andrew Carnegie. The exhibition runs daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm (until 8 pm on Thursdays). Booking is recommended as tickets will be administered by a specific start time to the viewing, details at the end of this release.

The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:-“This is the first politically curated exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work and the first time his works have ever been shown in a legislature and so represents a real coup for the Scottish Parliament.

“The Scottish Parliament is not just a place for politicians. Our building is home to many events and exhibitions that get people talking and thinking about issues that matter to them.

“This unique exhibition will offer people the chance to explore the role of power and politics within the home of debate in Scotland and I am grateful to the Carnegie UK Trust and The Andy Warhol Museum for making it possible.”

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Scottish Parliament, Carnegie UK Trust and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival, which celebrates the centenary of the formation of the Carnegie UK Trust with a series of activities.

Angus Hogg, Chair, Carnegie UK Trust, said: “What many don’t realise is that Andy Warhol received his first formal training in art through free classes offered by the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.

“His artwork is now celebrated across the globe and so it is very special that we are able to honour such a great artist as part of the Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy festival, which will include the celebration of opportunity and culture, with this exhibition.”

Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA said:-“The Warhol is thrilled to share many truly exceptional works from our collection with Scotland and Carnegie UK Trust. The items we’ve selected represent the full scope of Andy Warhol’s life and art. This exhibition features Warhol paintings, sculptures, prints and archival documents from our permanent collection and allows visitors to the stunning Parliament building to have the opportunity to see many top rate original Warhols. In addition, we’re pleased to once again unite Pittsburgh and Scotland through the very rare display of Warhol’s Andrew Carnegie portrait.”

Ticket information

Booking is recommended as tickets will be administered by a specific start time to the viewing (unrestricted end time) and can be done via:
• the online form via the Parliament website http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/warhol
• a dedicated telephone line on 0131 348 5454 – the telephone number references the famous New York nightclub, Studio 54, which Warhol frequented regularly during the 70s and 80s
• emailing warhol@scottish.parliament.uk

Submitted by Kerry Teakle