The State Darwin Museum
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
EKC Europäischer Kultur Club E.V.
present the exhibition
«Andy Warhol. Endangered Species»
The exhibition “Andy Warhol. Endangered Species” will open at the State Darwin Museum on March, 18. The series of 10 portraits of rare animals will be exhibited in Moscow for the first time. This project was created in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, EKC Europäischer Kultur Club E.V. , “ArtContract” Information agency. The official partner of the exhibition is the framing studio decor “ACCENT”.
A series of silk-screen printing «Endangered species» was created by the King of Pop Art in 1983 at the request of his friends, defenders of wildlife Ronald and Frayda Feldman. It includes the portraits of a Siberian tiger, an African elephant, an orangutan, a black Rhino, the Grévy’s zebra, a giant Panda, a bald eagle, a snow sheep, a tree frog from the family of Hylidae and a butterfly.
It is interesting that the series has another name «Animals in makeup» reflecting the way of making these portraits. Warhol selected the most inspiring photos of rare animals, and experimented with colour applying it to paper through special stencils. Unusual combinations of deep bright colours as well as large format attract attention to the problem of endangered animals depicted in artworks. In addition, the portraits are incredibly captivating and beautiful. They reveal the mature style of Warhol, the great star of Pop Art. The «Endangered Species» series was a great success at all the exhibitions in the author’s own lifetime and became one of the most famous and expensive works of art in the creative legacy of Andy Warhol.