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Andy Warhol to Get His 15 Minutes at Dali Museum

Nov 7, 2013

The Dali Museum will getting a bit more than 15 minutes of fame beginning in January. That's when an exhibition showcasing the works of Andy Warhol go on display at the St. Petersburg gallery.

Andy Warhol once famously said that everyone can be famous for 15 minutes. At the Dali Museum, he'll get his place in the spotlight for three and a half months. Museum director Hank Hine says “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality”  will be a collection of paintings, drawings and photographs on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. There will also be a "screen test room" where visitors can be filmed, a la Warhol's famed screen tests, and it can be then sent to everyone you know over social media.

Museum Director Hank Hine sports his new Warhol 'doo
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF

Hine says there's a reason Warhol was selected to become the first artist other than Dali will be displayed at the museum.

"This one is singularly resonant, I think, because of their personal contact and the way Warhol really appropriated Dali's approach to the press," Hine says, "and his creating a persona for the public that was maybe quite different than the private person who made work in isolation."

Hine says the two artists had a lot of contact - including Dali being filmed in one of Warhol's screen tests. He hopes up to 50,000 additional visitors will attend the exhibition.

Here's the press release from the museum:

“Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” explores how Warhol learned from Dalí’s public visibility and was equally attuned to the images derived from mass culture. “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” considers Warhol’s little commented on engagement with other artists through his own painting, how he constructed an approach to the image in terms of celebrity and fame, and finally his treatment of painting and image in terms of human mortality.

The exhibit will include approximately 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of Warhol films, including screen tests. Works are on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. The Warhol and The Dalí museums are two of the largest and most renowned single-artist cultural destinations in the country.