Warhol Portfolio on Loan from Bank of America Collection

Three original Andy Warhol trail proofs are now on display in the Vesuvius by Andy Warhol Gallery in the exhibition.

The addition of these rare pieces will offer an enhanced experience for visitors and serve as evidence of the timeless interest in the human drama and tragedy of Pompeii.

Union Station will extend Friday evening hours to 8:00 pm starting February 3rd thru March 24th. Visitors to POMPEII will not pay an additional price in order to view the Warhol collection.

Prompted by the Irpinia earthquake that devastated Naples in 1980, Warhol was commissioned in 1985 to create the Vesuvius series, which in total included 250 large screen prints on canvas. His final works were part of a larger collection, entitled Terrae Motus (“earthquake” in Italian) that also included pieces by other great artists of the 1970’s including Richard Long and Robert Mapplethorp. Warhol’s body of work for the project included fifty artist proofs, and an edition of fifty-seven trial proofs, from which these three Bank of America pieces come. Warhol had a great love of Naples and actually lived near Vesuvius while working on the project. While widely known for his elevation of pop culture icons, Warhol was also noted for exploring darker topics, in particular his series Death and Disaster, which depicted race riots, car crashes, suicides and nuclear explosions. Perhaps that is yet another reason why he was drawn to the project, which was among his last as the artist died in 1987 at the age of 59, just a little more than a year after the installation.

Wine & Warhol

Enjoy a glass of wine with your paid ticket to POMPEII: The Exhibition from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th and March 3rd. Must be 21 years or older and show valid id.

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