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until Monday January 13 2014
Pinakothek der Moderne
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"READING ANDY WARHOL"- Was Andy Warhol an intellectual or rather a comic-reader? That the most famous proponent of Pop Art had a very close relationship with books is not even known to many connoisseurs to this day.

This exhibition, curated by the Museum Brandhorst and devised in collaboration with the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, shows – for the first time – how Warhol continuously worked on books as a creative artist from his student days in the 1940s until his death in 1987.

During the first few years in the Factory the artist, who had since risen to fame, gave writer-friends of his silkscreen prints and photos for their poetry books. Together with other artists in the Factory, he ultimately compiled illustrated volumes using photographs and film material created there.

Audio tape recordings were turned into publications that pushed back the boundaries of conventional literature and, at the same time, shaped the image of Warhol himself that conditions the reception of his work to this day. Shown in this comprehensive exhibition the books designed by Warhol reveal a surprisingly unknown aspect of the world-famous artist.