An Absolute Thriller: Michael Jackson Art Exhibition Coming To London

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An Absolute Thriller: Michael Jackson Art Exhibition Coming To London
An Illuminating Path by David Lachapelle, courtesy of the artist

The king of pop is coming back to London in 2018. That's right, the National Portrait Gallery are exhibiting an absolute Thriller of a show all about Michael Jackson

Wind by Isa Genzken

Michael Jackson: On The Wall traces the auteur's influence on the art world. Everyone knows about Jackson on music, fashion and choreography, but there's little about his influence on art... despite this being a man who sent a statue of himself floating down the Thames.

It doesn't matter if they're Black or White — or bright yellow like Andy Warhol's effort, a diverse variety of artworks will be shown.

Michael Jackson by Andy Warhol, courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London said:

Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art. All the artists included — despite coming from different generations and parts of the world, and employing a range of media — are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented. It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case. Like its subject, we hope this exhibition will be inclusive in appeal, uncompromising in artistic integrity and in the process break down barriers.

That all sounds amazing and we'll definitely Beat It down there on opening day. We're just hoping it won't be Bad like the man himself (sorry, not sorry).

Equestrian Portrait Of King Philip II (Michael Jackson) by Kehinde Wiley

The exhibition opens in summer 2018 to coincide with what would have been Jackson's 60th birthday — August 29.

Last Updated 20 September 2017