Warhol Underground, at the Pompidou Centre in Metz

From July 01, 2015 to November 23, 2015
  • Andy Warhol, Ten Lizes, 1963 Paris, Centre Pompidou - National Museum of Modern Art

    Andy Warhol, Ten Lizes, 1963 Paris, Centre Pompidou - National Museum of Modern Art

    © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ADAGP, Paris 2015 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Adam Rzepka

Warhol Underground, at the Pompidou Centre in Metz 1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme 57000 Metz fr

An unprecedented re-reading of the work of the high priest of pop art through his connections with the New York underground scene: music, dance, cinema…

The exhibition will highlight the influence of the New York musical scene and choreographic vanguard in Andy Warhol’s work (1928-1987). It will be the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s meeting with The Velvet Underground in 1965, before he became their producer.

Throughout this exhibition, music leads you to a re-discovery of Warhol’s work, showcasing more than 150 photographs by Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, Steve Schapiro or Stephen Shore, films and some of Warhol’s most emblematic works (Ten Lizes, Brillo Soap Pads Box, Campbell’s Soup Cans, White Disaster and Big Electric Chair).

In addition, archives and vinyl record sleeves add a visual and auditory tone to Andy Warhol’s work.

Warhol and The Velvet Underground

The exhibition space mimics the legendary Silver Factory, with its aluminium-covered walls like a giant mirror. This is the place where the underground scene met, and also where concerts, screenings and parties were held.

It was the archetype of the total art work, hosting multimedia shows that Jonas Mekas called “expanded cinema,” a mix of artistic performance and night club where life and art work became one.

The reconstitution of Exploding Plastic Inevitable, presented for the first time in France within the exhibition, will invite the visitor to plunge into this fascinating experience.

Fine connoisseur of the experimental music of his time, Warhol transposed its composition rules in the pictorial field, and drew his inspiration from it, producing vinyl record sleeves, Polaroid...


Centre Pompidou-Metz
1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme
57000 Metz

Admission fees and rates

Ticket prices for exhibitions vary depending on availability on the day that you visit: 7€ / 10€ / 12€

Admission is free for under 26s; teachers with a Pass Education; disabled visitors and one companion; job-seekers who are registered in France; beneficiaries of income support; beneficiaries of a basic State pension; holders of an ICOM, ICOMOS or AICA card; registered tour guides; journalists with a press card; artists registered with La Maison des Artistes.