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Rare Andy Warhol art coming to London for 2020

Rarely seen work by Andy Warhol from the 1970s is set to go on display at London’s Tate Modern, the museum announced as it revealed its 2020 programme highlights.

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych, 1962. Image by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society/DACS

Beginning next spring, visitors to London’s Tate Modern will be treated to Warhol’s iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, alongside rarely seen work from the 1970s that curators say “show his skills as a painter.” The exhibition also includes some mind-bending treats from Warhol such as the interactive floating installation, Silver Clouds, and the psychedelic multimedia project, Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The show will run for six months from next March, charting the American artist’s evolution from a “shy outsider to pop art superstar.”

Aliza Nisenbaum’s London Underground: Brixton Station and Victoria Line Staff, 2018-19. Image by Aliza Nisenbaum/Art on the Underground

Other stand-out exhibitions to look forward to include a show on Oscar-winning filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen at Tate Modern, London in February. While Harlem-based, Mexican artist Aliza Nisenbaum has commissioned a special portrait for Tate Liverpool, in which she seeks to “capture Liverpool” in a new painting.

The Liverpool museum will also host the first major show for the Chicago activist-artist Theaster Gates, which curators say interweaves issues of race, territory, and inequality in the United States.

Zanele Muholi: Ntozakhe II, Parktown 2016. Image by Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Gallery

More to mark in your diary for 2020 include the solo exhibition by contemporary South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi, whose work focuses on portraits of the LGBTQ community in her home country. Her exhibition will run at Tate Modern from 29 April next year. While Tate Britain’s programme will include an exploration of British art in the baroque age and a career survey of the British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, known for her oil paintings of fictional black characters.

Andy Warhol will run at Tate Modern from 12 March to 6 September 2020. You can see Tate’s full 2020 programme here.