Warhol: The American Dream Factory poster

Warhol: The American Dream Factory

Andy Warhol, the King of Pop Art, is one of the best-known artists of the twentieth century: an advertisement mogul, creator extraordinaire and mentor to equally famed and fabled artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Even if you’re not familiar with Warhol’s art, you will likely have heard of him and recognize his fabled soup can illustration.

The La Boverie museum in Liège, Belgium has delved deeper than soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe and set up a marvelous expo covering all decades of Warhol’s life and the work he produced in those times. Making Warhol: The American Dream Factory a must-visit (in as far as possible) for fans of modern and midcentury art.

The exhibition is a treasure trove of advertising illustrations and art to accompany books, magazine articles, Christmas invitations, fashion, prints on dresses… It covers Warhol’s big-name ad work, cinematography and collaborations with artists like Haring and Basquiat, as well as his political work and social commentary. Think of it and it’s there.

Can’t make it to the expo (it’s still on as I write this piece)? Try to get your hands on the expo guide. It’s available in Dutch and French, but the art alone is totally worth it.

If you can make it to Liège, definitely stop by La Boverie for a fascinating glimpse into atom-era times and different takes on the American Dream.

For more photos of the expo, click here.

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