An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).

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. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

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Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate.

Supported by BOSS: Official Fashion Sponsor

Supported by the Michael Jackson Exhibition Circle

Opening date

Opening Thursday 28 June 2018
Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Friday until 21:00.

Wolfson and Learner Galleries

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Price

Tickets with donation from £17.50 - £22

Tickets without donation from £15.50 - £20

Advance booking is highly recommended for this exhibition.

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Michael Jackson: On the Wall Hardcover Catalogue

Available for pre-order. This catalogue will be released on 28 June 2018

Michael Jackson, one of the most successful recording artists of all time, also has the distinction of being the most depicted cultural figure; an inspiration for an extraordinary array of leading artists – from Andy Warhol and Isa Genzken to David Hammons and Glenn Ligon – working in a variety of styles and media. This book, examines their artistic responses to an enduring international icon.

Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks and workshops complement the exhibition

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14 events matching the search term Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

  • For Members

27 June 2018, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition will bring together the works of over forty artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.


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Resident DJ: Marc Mac (4hero)

Resident DJ: Marc Mac (4hero)

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
29 June 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as DJ Marc Mac (4hero) creates a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

A part of Friday Lates
29 June 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and curator of Michael Jackson: On the Wall, introduces the exhibition and talks to participating artists Todd Gray, Lorraine O’Grady and Isaac Julien.


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One-day Workshop: Michael Jackson

One-day Workshop: Michael Jackson

  • Workshop||Young People

7 July 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Booking essential

Join photographer Othello De’souza-Hartley to explore the Michael Jackson exhibition together then create your own work about identity in the photography studio. Free. SLR digital cameras provided.


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Guest DJ: Mr. Thing

Guest DJ: Mr. Thing

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
13 July 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as DJ Mr. Thing creates a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

14 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Donald Urquhart leads a one-day masterclass (repeated on Sunday 15 July).


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Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

15 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Donald Urquhart leads a one-day masterclass.


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Weekend Workshop: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

Weekend Workshop: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

28 July - 29 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Sadie Lee leads this weekend workshop in response to the On The Wall exhibition, which features work inspired by the life, death and phenomenon of Michael Jackson.


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Guest DJ: Grace George

Guest DJ: Grace George

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
10 August 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Grace George plays a set inspired by Michael Jackson.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

  • Talks and Lectures

A part of Friday Lates
10 August 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Further details will follow. Please check back for updates.


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Weekend Workshop: Man in the Mirror

Weekend Workshop: Man in the Mirror

11 August 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Visual artist Othello De’Souza Hartley leads this day-long photography and mixed-media workshop in which you will create a response to the complex figure of Michael Jackson and what he represents to you.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Rock With You

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Rock With You

A part of Friday Lates
17 August 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Luminaries of the black music scene Lindsay Wesker, Dave VJ and Gordon Mac (Kiss FM and Mi-Soul) talk to DJ, writer and broadcaster Edward Adoo about Michael Jackson’s influence as a global star on bringing black British artists to the mainstream and his legacy on today’s acts.


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Summer Holiday Activities ABC

Summer Holiday Activities ABC

  • Workshop||Family

13 August - 27 August 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.

Our summer exhibitions Michael Jackson: On the Wall and the BP Portrait Award, and Rebel Women –celebrating a centenary of women getting the vote, provide inspiration for two weeks of fun, free, daily art and craft workshops.


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Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On the Wall

  • For Members

29 August 2018, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Learner and Wolfson Galleries

These two exhibitions juxtaposed make an exciting evening of contemporary portrait viewing. The Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting with works on display from amateur artists to professionals. Alongside Michael Jackson: On the Wall, you will see how he has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.

Please RSVP for this event from 1 July 2018.


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