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Top Pick: Andy Warhol and His Friends on display

This week, the showroom of state gas utility Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP) opens an exhibit of works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol. The premiere takes place on August 17, at 18:00 outside the SPP showroom entrance.
Guests will be offered access to the works of this famed artist with Slovak roots. A documentary of Warhol's life will be projected on the surrounding walls accompanied by the tones of Slovak jazz and blues man Peter Lipa.
The aim of the exhibition is to display a cross-section of Warhol's successful creative works. Along with his paintings, self portraits and personal belongings, visitors can also view the works of his family members. For example, Inga Bošnovičová, the daughter of Warhol's cousin, exhibits photographs taken by Warhol which she has since enhanced with embroidery.


Works by the legendary Andy Warhol will be displayed alongside other pieces created by various family members.
photo: Courtesy Dom Plynárov SPP

This week, the showroom of state gas utility Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP) opens an exhibit of works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol. The premiere takes place on August 17, at 18:00 outside the SPP showroom entrance.

Guests will be offered access to the works of this famed artist with Slovak roots. A documentary of Warhol's life will be projected on the surrounding walls accompanied by the tones of Slovak jazz and blues man Peter Lipa.

The aim of the exhibition is to display a cross-section of Warhol's successful creative works. Along with his paintings, self portraits and personal belongings, visitors can also view the works of his family members. For example, Inga Bošnovičová, the daughter of Warhol's cousin, exhibits photographs taken by Warhol which she has since enhanced with embroidery.

Warhol was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania, but his father was a native of the former Czechoslovakia. His first jobs included drawing advertisements for various magazines including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. After his first solo exhibition in New York, of drawings used to illustrate stories by author Truman Capote, he began to illustrate books. He also worked as a theatre set designer while publishing several books.

After 1956 he began to receive awards for his drawings. In 1960, his first paintings appeared and gradually became noticed by major art galleries around the world. He established The Factory, his main art studio, and began his self portrait series. He also became friends with US rock group The Velvet Underground and even produced their first album. His popularity rapidly increased, and although he died in 1987, he is still viewed as a major influence by many young artists.

The exhibition is in the showroom of Dom Plynárov SPP, Drevená street 4, underneath the Hotel Fórum. It is open Tue-Sun, from 10:00-18:00 and runs till October 1. Admission is free.

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