Warhol and the Vatican.
n 1980 Andy Warhol traveled to Italy and met Pope John Paul II. It is widely known that Warhol was a devout Catholic. He attended mass every day and often explored themes of Catholicism and religion in his works.
Three decades later Andy Warhol will be honoured with an exhibition at the Vatican Museums. In collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg the two museums will stage a show to showcase the artists’s religious works and will be seen in Rome and Pittsburg to make the 25th anniversary of the opening of the US museum.
The exhibition will showcase painting from Warhol's Last Supper series (1986) which were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Milan Fresco of the biblical scene. It will also include films and archival materials related to Warhol’s works.
“We are very interested in exploring the artist’s spiritual side,” says Barbara Jatta, the director of the Vatican Museums. "It is very, very important for us to have a dialogue with contemporary art. We live in a world of images and the Church must be part of this conversation.”
The exhibition will be held in 2019, in Rome at the Vatican Museums and Pittsburg at the Andy Warhol Museum.