kehinde wiley in 'michael jackson: on the wall’ at national portrait gallery, london, UK

28 June 2018
This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday.

The exhibition will include 'Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)' by celebrated American painter Kehinde Wiley. This monumental oil on canvas portrait was commissioned by Michael Jackson in 2008 but he did not live to see the painting finished.

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.

The exhibition will travel to The Grand Palais, Paris (November 2018 to February 2019), The Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (March to July 2019) and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (August to November 2019).

28 June - 21 October 2018

Kehinde Wiley at National Portrait Gallery