Michael Jackson’s illustrious career spanned 45 years — from his professional debut as a member of the Jackson Five in 1964 to the beginning of his solo career in 1971. Known for his killer vocals and even fresher dance moves, he inspired fans and fellow artists worldwide.
Now, Nicholas Cullinan, director of London’s National Portrait Gallery, is curating an entire exhibition paying homage to the King of Pop.
The groundbreaking display — titled Michael Jackson: On the Wall — will coincide with what would have been the pop star’s 60th birthday. It will showcase the works of over 40 artists, including Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry, all paying tribute to the ways in which Jackson influenced art.
“Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art,” Cullinan told The Guardian.
“All the artists included, despite coming from different generations and parts of the world, and employing a range of media, are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented”.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall will run from June 28 to October 21, 2018, at the National Portrait Gallery. Tickets start from $30 (£18).
How To Get There
- Fly into Heathrow Airport
- Take the Piccadilly line towards Cockfosters to Leicester Square
- Walk 300m
- National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London
Lead Image: Image: An illuminating Path by David LaChapelle (1988) via National Portrait Gallery